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Old 29-01-08, 22:09
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Hi It's me again and still concerned about my 20 month old son. You will see from previous posts that he is a really fussy eater but I thought I'd write down what he eats and see what you lot think. For breakfast he eats:- Cheerios or Cornflakes with & without milk & then 7oz milk. Lunch:- wafer ham (has now gone off sandwiches), dry crackers, crisps, yogurt, jelly & fruit. Tea:- Chiplota sausages, carrots occasionaly, nothing else, then fruit & yogurt. 8oz milk at bedtime. He asks for raisins & biscuits throughout the day which when I say No we have major tantrum until I give in, he can be crying/screaming up to half hour, how long do I say no for??? I'm so worried he isn't having a varied diet. When I introduce new foods which of course I am doing so all of the time, if he touches it he urges and if he puts in to his mouth & doesn't even taste it, he will stick his fingers down his throat and make himself urge. I am so worried & concerned at this young age he has a problem with food. I've tried so many fussy eater recipes but nothing works. Any ideas? Should i be worried?? Any help & advise would be greatly received. (My health vis has had enough of me worrying about it, so I have no-one to turn to).
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Old 30-01-08, 09:10
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I think the major thing at this age is the kids trying to assert their independence. The one thing I noticed from what you said is that you are not being consistent-you are giving into his crying. He wants to have a tantrum, let him and walk away, even if he throws up from the crying. After a few days of you showing him you are not upset by his behaviour and he is not winning the negotiation and getting what he wants (that is what a tantrum is all about), trust me, he will improve.

Noa has been going through a very fussy period. I have decided, she'll just have to eat what I give her and I know she has eaten before. Today I made cinnamon oatmeal for her and I know she has eaten it before. I tried putting her in her high chair-no luck. Tried putting it on the table and letting her sit near her dad ona chair by the table..no luck. At some point she sat in the chair to play. I put the oatmeal near her, went about my business and beofre I knew it she had eaten the whole thing and wanted more. Same thing a bit later when I baked carrot cupcakes. Knew she would love them, she had a fit didn't want one, went about my business and a few minutes later she was pointing to them and asking for one.

Your son is picking up on your worries and on your giving in because of that. Offer him a few things that are healthy and you know he has had in the past-and if he'll eat, he'll eat, if not not. If you are strong-he will end up doing what you want in the end. Not easy though!

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That is very good and true advice from Susie. Georgia has always been a fusser eater too and she started throwing tantrums recently and refusing everything so I started ignoring her and now a few weeks later she is eating everthing I give which she has never done. Its worth a try. xx
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What fab advice from Susie!! I can't offer anymore than that! What I will say is just keep calm and keep persevering, if Dominic chuks his food on the floor, he doesn't get anything else, as soon as he starts throwing a tantrum I take the food away, then once he has calmed down I put it back and generally find he will eat.
Good luck too and remember we are all here to support and give advice.
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yeah i think Susie's right. After a couple of days the tantrums will subside. By giving in (and i don't blame you doing it at all, they can be very good at wearing you down) your telling him that he will get what he wants eventually. However if he doesn't get what he wants he'll have no choice but give up (fingers crossed). Good luck with it. We're all here if you need a moan or refuge!!!
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I would agree with Susie about the being firm. Decide on three meals and one healthy snack (Isabella has cheese, cucumber or grapes normally) and if they tantrum inbetween them let them.

They will soon learn to eat whats on offer when it's there if they are hungry. Sounds harsh but I think of it as firm but fair.
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Thank you. I know you are all right, but that moaning/tantrum does get me down and it is very draining. Tonight he didn't eat his tea so he got nothing else. He was hungry before tea as he kept moaning and pointing to the cupboard with raisins & biscuits in but I didn't give in. He has moaned ever since even in the bath and has just had his milk and going to sleep. I hope we get through this, I'm finding it so hard and feel so alone. Again, thanks for listening and advising.
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Big hugs! Don't feel alone! We are here for you-moan and groan all you want! We listen well. Good job for not giving in. Stick with it another few days and you will see results. Also when he is having the tantrum cause he is not getting his way, say in a very monotone and even voice-crying is not going to help. you cannot have that, and walk away.

Lots of luck!
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((BIG HUGS)))

I'm now having a similar problem with Isabella. She's always been a great eater but has had a sickness bug which meant she had no appetite. She was eating half a slice of toast and a digestive all day and now she is ignoring her meals but shouting for the biscuits. She literally sits and plays with her food then as soon as I take it away she starts shouting "more!" and pointing at the cupboard the biscuits were in.

So that I don't cave in I've eaten all the rest of the packet pmsl.


From today she's not having any snacks until she starts eating her 'proper' food again.

Much harder to take your own advise lol xxx
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((BIG HUGS)))

I'm now having a similar problem with Isabella. She's always been a great eater but has had a sickness bug which meant she had no appetite. She was eating half a slice of toast and a digestive all day and now she is ignoring her meals but shouting for the biscuits. She literally sits and plays with her food then as soon as I take it away she starts shouting "more!" and pointing at the cupboard the biscuits were in.

So that I don't cave in I've eaten all the rest of the packet pmsl.


From today she's not having any snacks until she starts eating her 'proper' food again.

Much harder to take your own advise lol xxx
I had to do the same with Ethan with Organix Spicy Stars after he had that horrid bug. He would eat 2 bags a day and not much else, some beans or sausage if I was lucky. It took a while for his appetite to return.

LMAO that you ate the rest of the digestives!

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