Motivation and disorders; eating habits; table manners; etc. See also the tags [food] and [feeding].

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How to deal with a loss of appetite with a toddler?

My son is 16 months old, he is a picky eater and we are dealing with his poor eating habits from the get go (now going to a special clinic). As for now, I'm breastfeeding him 50/50 with real food. ...
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What to do about a 4 year old that's unbelievably picky about food

I want to start this by saying that as a family we pretty much eat all home-cooked food. My wife and I take turns to cook and I think we're both pretty good cooks. We certainly enjoy each others ...
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How to get a 16 month old to eat?

Our 16 month old daughter is a great kid. She is active, social, goes to day care (part-time), happy kid. The primary issue that we have at this stage is her eating. She does not care about food much ...
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Weight and Height for a 2 year old girl

My 2 year niece weighs 30kgs (66.13 lbs) and tall for her age (3 feet/91cm tall). Despite her weight she does not really eat much.. we we're advised that it's growth spurt. Is there a cause for ...
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6 Year Old meal Time expectations

We have a 6 year old son and food time is often a struggle. My son is not interested in food (and more enticing food seems to make very little difference), and is very easily distracted, making him ...
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My daughter is not eating on her own

My five-year-old daughter has been recently refusing to eat on her own and we have to chase her for eating. We have to sit with her for her eating. She is very slow eater and her meal time lasts for a ...
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2-year-old needs bread to go to sleep

We seemed to have fallen into a sleep routine where my two-year-old will not go to sleep without bread. He will ask for it, and basically goes to sleep sucking it, (he starts by eating it, but there ...
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problem eating solid food

My daughter is now 2 years and 3 months. She eats most soft foods, like rice and soup, yogurt or soup that contains small pieces of vegetables. She is swallowing. But if I make the pieces a little bit ...
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How do I get my child to eat healthier, better and more varied?

I have a ten-year old child and it's about that time in their lives when she is constantly getting invited to stay over at other friends' houses either for the weekend or a night. To be honest, as a ...
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How to help my 9 year old daughter with eating disorder (comfort eating)

I am divorced and have custody of my children. I noticed that my daughter is eating much more food than she usually does and she has gained so much weight. I feel she is eating to comfort herself. ...
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3 year-old boy always says he has tummy-ache for 5 mins after breakfast

I've talked to your doctor about this already and he thinks it is just our child's imagination and not to worry, and in fact I'm not really worried for my boy's health, I'm more curious about how to ...
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Can it be unhealthy to deprive a child of sugar?

My youngest son just turned five. For years he's had a relentless craving for sweets. He's constantly requesting/demanding sugary food and drinks If we walk by somebody eating anything in a wrapper, ...
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Trouble in parenting a 30 months boy

My wife and I have serious problems in parenting our 30 months boy. We have a very stubborn child, he refused to follow any kind of routine in sleeping, eating, screening times (TV and so), or ...
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3 year old won't tell us what he wants to eat

My son is normally very good at telling us what's on his mind, but we've always had trouble with the concept of "hungry". He used to simply never mention being hungry (He'd tell us when he was ...
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Encouraging a more varied diet in fussy older children

Our daughter, now ten, has been a fussy eater all her life. We did all the wrong things to encourage her to eat when she was a toddler, and likely exacerbated the situation. At pre-school age we ...
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Bananas. How many is too many for a toddler?

My 22 month old baby is a the stage where she is becoming a picky eater. One thing she currently has no resistance to, however, is bananas. She'll eat a whole banana, ask for another, power through a ...
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1 year old refusing to eat or drink

We've got a 1 year old daughter and she is generally refusing to eat or drink. She started off not eating anything by mouth (and gags at textured purees), but eventually managed to get her eating ...
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14 month old baby no longer eating or drinking after MMR vaccine

My 14 months old daughter has stopped eating recently and drinking also. Before, she used to eat many different kinds of food. About 3 weeks ago we took her to the doctor for her MMR vaccination and ...
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How do I get my 20 month old son to eat solids?

My son is 20 months and only eats Gerber purée's. He gags with any thing slightly lumpy or chunky. He will literally push the spoon away after spitting the SMALL, crumb-piece out. He does not ...
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One year old still not eating solids

My breastfed 14 month old is barely eating any solids. We started solids at about 6 months and skipped pureeing the food and went straight to finger foods but he never really showed much interest in ...
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What food kids love to eat the most? [duplicate]

Lately, my kids 4 and 7 have become very PICKY eaters and don't eat much. If they do eat, they eat prepacked food or anything deep fried like chicken in small amount or few bites. As result, my wife ...
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Could alternating between courses be harmful to my child?

It is sometimes difficult to get my daughter (1 yo) to eat her whole main course : she usually loses interest halfway through. However, she gets interested again when dessert comes. So I devised an ...
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My kid doesn't express her hunger

My 3-year-old daughter doesn't express her hunger. When I ask her if she is hungry, she never says yes, even with a big gap between meals. When I feed her, she will eat. She is not a self-interested ...
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2 year old rarely eats food, needs bottle and milk and drinks a lot of water

My son completely refuses to eat food. If I forcefully insert it in his mouth, he tries to vomit and throws the food out of his mouth. He loves milk in his bottle, which we give him only when he is ...
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Baby eats less than it should - is it something to be worried about?

Our little girl is 3.5 months old. She's eating like 30ml - 90ml per meal and during the day it adds up to around 650ml. We're not sure if we should be worried about it. It doesn't really seem like ...
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My 2 1/2 year old has no appetite

My daughter is 2 and a half, and since last year, she hardly eats anything. She did a lot better about 4/5 months ago, and now she hardly eats anything. She wont eat fruit or vegetables or anything ...
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2-and-a-half-year-old child refuses to take her food [duplicate]

My 2-and-a-half-year-old child refuses to take her food. We have to force her to eat. I even tried changing her food to suit her tastes but still need to force her. Please help.
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Is it bad to pretend the spoon is an airplane to get a child to eat?

I have an almost-2-year-old who tends to be difficult at the dinner table. She'll usually eat a few bites on her own, then either focus on something (e.g. "don't want carrots", "want cheese") or just ...
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How can we get our 5 year old to behave during eating, without us nagging all the time?

We want our 5 (almost 6) year old daughter to do certain things while we are eating together -- she should remain seated, use cutlery instead of eating with her hands, and eat at least a tiny bit of ...
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My parents don't understand how I eat so much (food quantity required for a teenage boy)

I'm asking this question from the my POV as a teenage boy. As some of you probably know, teenage boys eat. And then eat some more. The problem is, my parents haven't quite figured that out yet. I'm ...
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1 year old baby won't eat in day, drinks milk all night

My baby boy is almost a year old and most of the time doesn't want to eat his food. He occasionally has a good meal but most of the time just messes around, throwing food on the floor, spitting out ...
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6 yo smothers his food in sauce — how can I change this?

My son likes salad cream -- alot. He tends to use loads of it and I'm concerned that he's not actually tasting anything new. It's not allowed on every meal, but when it's out it's all over everything ...
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My 4 year old daughter refuses to eat!

My 4yr old daughter had a little choking scare with a piece of popcorn 9 days ago. since then she has refused to eat anything except freezies, 9 days without solid food! We have been to the doctor ...
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What to do if my one year old won't chew her food

My daughter will be two years old in 4 months, and she still doesn't like to chew her food. She won't spit it out; she just tries to swallow it whole. What should I do to help her learn to chew her ...
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Hoarding food in mouth

My 2.5 yr old has started hoarding food in her mouth, and won't chew, until her mouth is just full of food. Most of the time it seems like its because she's distracted with something, or doesn't ...
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My 1 year old daughter suddenly stopped eating food

My daughter ate about everything we gave her, in different quantities depending on how she finds the taste. But suddenly, one fine nite, she woke up, vomited nothing but some cough, and next day on, ...
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My 1 year old chews for a second and then swallows it whole

My 1 year old eats solid food and has been since about 9 months. However he just makes a chewing motion mainly chewing his tongue and then swallows the food whole. Any suggestions on how to help me ...
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Pre May 2013 Tripp Trapp differences?

I've just purchased a brand new Tripp Trapp chair (in the UK) but the date on the chair indicates it was made in March 2013. Annoyingly the extended gliders in the baby set I purchased at the same ...
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Should I really be insisting that my daughter finish eating her meal?

Like many young children, my 4.5 year old daughter will often stop eating her supper (6 PMish - she has breakfast and lunch at daycare) and say she's not hungry. My instinctive initial response is to ...
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How important is a diverse diet for a pre-schooler?

My son, if left to his own devices, would eat the same meal every single time. We ensure that his meals are reasonably balanced, with fruit and vegetables at every meal, but it's a challenge to keep ...
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How to keep a sick infant fed and hydrated?

Our infant does not appear to be well. Based on spots around her mouth, hands and feet, we suspect hand, foot and mouth disease. We also think that she has a sore throat because suddenly she doesn't ...
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Established methods to help fussy/picky eaters at late primary age

Our 8 year old daughter has always been a picky eater - even as a baby we had a hard time convincing her to try different baby foods. We assumed she'd grow out of it, but it hasn't happened and it's ...
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Baby have acid reflux [duplicate]

My two month old have acid reflux and is on meds, but she still spit up a lot. Is that normal? I'm breastfeeding and was told breastfed babies don't spit up as much. My three year old was breastfed as ...
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How to encourage a toddler to swallow his food?

Our three-year-old son is quite picky when it comes to food. He has not been interested in eating fruits and vegetables, but recently he started to dislike certain meats as well. He would munch the ...
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Finishing their plates vs eating later

Sometimes one or both of our kids (boys, 4 and 7) eat very little at dinner, stating that they've had enough. We do not want to force them to overeat, so usually they have to eat at last half of it ...
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My Fussy 14 month old REFUSES to eat any type of food at home EXCEPT her baby bottle! [duplicate]

My daughter is 14 months old and her appetite has not been any better since she turned almost 11 months old i want to say. Its been an on going struggle at home. She will drink her bottle more often ...
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What is the best approach for teaching toddlers not to drop items off the table at meals?

During discussions with friends about our children (2 years and 16 months old) I discovered that some parents give their children "normal" (and thus breakable) plates and glasses. The reason is ...
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one year old eating and drinking very little

my nephew's one year old drinks and eats very little, what could be the problem? He seems hungry, and tries to eat, but he would keep it in his mouth for a long while then spits it out. We give him ...
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How long is it okay for a baby to remain on just breastfeed? [duplicate]

My daughter is now one and half year old and still refuses to eat anything. She seem to be satisfied by mother's milk itself. Is it okay to remain on breastfeed alone this long, or should we try ...
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Problems with napping and temper after night time weaning at 11 months

Our baby boy is 11 months old and had been breast-feeding through the night, as well as nursing to sleep in the evening. He essentially sleeps in the same bed (we took out one side of the cot bed and ...