My son just turned 2 and recently we have had major problems getting him to eat. He has always refused to eat any kind of meat (unless it is fish sticks or very finely ground beef in my homemade spaghetti). He has also always refused to eat just about anything that we eat. All he ever eats are the Gerber meals for toddlers and preschoolers (and only certain ones even then). Just recently he has started refusing to eat almost everything. He will eat fruit and certain vegetables, though the vegetables almost always have to be from the Gerber meals. He now refuses to put any other food in his mouth and if I do get a bite in his mouth he will refuse to swallow it. He has even kept the same bite of food in his mouth for at least 45 minutes and still refuses to swallow it. This afternoon he kept a bite of food in his mouth for 45 minutes so I gave up on feeding him and put him down for a nap. I had to wake him up as soon as he fell asleep so he could spit out the bite and wouldn't choke on it while he slept. I am getting very frustrated and stressed over this and don't know what to do. He recently had his check up with his regular pediatrician and also a check up with his ENT so I know there is nothing medically wrong. If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them. At this point I will try just about anything.
Thank you so much. We've continue to offer new foods despite him refusing anything new. We have also tried the dips, but he doesn't like those either and will refuse to eat anything with any kind of sauce on it. I will definitely get some of the Carnation though since he loves chocolate milk. Thanks for all the ideas and support.
I don't put the sauce ON the food either, but he doesn't even like the food to be next to the sauce. If the food accidentally touches the sauce he has a fit. He doesn't even want to see the sauce near his plate. Going grocery shopping tomorrow so I'll pick up some Carnation and try it.
My son was starting to do this as well. Usual foods that he loved to eat, he just had no desire. Usually we play and sing while we eat, but the other day... I let him do his own thing. He was playing with his food a lot, but he was eating it too. He went on to eat a piece of chicken that was almost as big as mine, ate 6 cubes of cut-up zuchinni and quite a few helpings of red peppers. He usually spits the pepper out, but he didn't. I let him move the food off and on his plate, and I just sat quitely and ate my dinner while he did his thing. I was SHOCKED! Usually he is throwing a fit or spitting everything out.
At first he spit out the zuchinni, but I didn't take it away I left it on his plate and he would mash it, then try putting it into his sippy cup, then back onto the plate, but eventually it made it to his mouth! It worked again at breakfast, so lets hope it holds!
Now, once I got up to move that distracted him and it was mostly over... so it does kinda stink to sit there for 45-60 minutes, but he ate a lot, so it is worth it! :)
He was eating, just not a lot... so I used 1 pedilite a day too. Good Luck Mama!