Questions tagged [eating]

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

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13yo kid does not want to use knife for eating [closed]

I have an unusual problem that is creating tense situations at home. My 13y/o boy does not want to use his knife for eating. He bends his head to the dish to eat things like salad or pasta. He ...
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How do change eating habit

My son has a problem with eating. He can eat all the junk like KFC, McDonald's, or rice and sweet yogurt, but starts crying when I ask him to eat more healthy food, or when I ban his TV or iPad. Part ...
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Is baby led weaning failing with my toddler?

We'd started baby led weaning soon after starting purees - when he was 7 months old, and it was going great. We still had purees and mashed foods in his diet, but anything that he could eat on his own,...
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Why does my 19 month old son refuse to eat solids?

My 19 month old son refuses to eat solid food. Every time I have tried giving him finger food, as soon as he puts it in his mouth he will throw it up. The only way I can get my son to eat is to blend ...
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12-week-old baby reduced food intake

I have a lovely 12-week-old daughter who's doing really well. However I'm a bit puzzled with a change of attitude during feeding for the last week. She used to drink about 6oz of formula milk at 7pm ...
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Unwanted behavior at table, our usual approach is failing so far

Our 11 month old has gotten fairly good at knowing what she may and may not touch around the flat (e.g. a dangerous table, curtains etc.). When she approaches or actually gets her hand on such stuff, ...
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Should I limit the amount my toddler eats?

My 18-month old has a large appetite. If she likes what she's eating, she'll just keep eating, and she isn't picky. Sometimes she polishes off nearly as much as me in a sitting. Her daycare tells us ...
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How to prevent a meltdown before bed for a 4-year old?

Our 4-year old has unfortunately started having meltdowns a couple of days a week before bed. It's really sad because she'll often put together a great day, just to cause a house-wide problem near the ...
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Are these bad eating habits in a 7 month old?

My 7 month old baby easts enthusiastically, but puts his fingers (index and middle) in his mouth after every spoon. I thought may be he's pushing the food back to his throat, but it doesn't seem like ...
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9 year old growth spurt but never hungry

The sedentarism imposed by COVID-19 restrictions has reduced (a lot) my nine-year-old's physical activity. That explains, to me, why his appetite has been reduced a lot over the last few months. ...
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How long should i let my two year old cry for before giving up and giving her what she wants?

My daughter is 2 years and one month old. Her eating isn't great, I suspect because we let her eat treats at mealtimes, regardless of whether she eats the nutritious stuff we put in front of her. So ...
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My toddler randomly will not swallow their milk

Just a few days back my 16 month old toddler started randomly spitting out (not swallowing) milk that he just put in his mouth. He kind of just lets it dribble down out of his mouth, almost like he ...
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How to get baby feeding to the next level?

My baby is 11 months old now. My wife and I feed him with a spoon. He sits in his chair all well and opens his mouth when the spoon arrives. He starts to grab at the spoon and I think he may be ready ...
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How do I get pre-schoolers to stop asking for food every hour?

My boyfriend has three little girls, 3, 3 and 5 years old. I try to feed them balanced and correctly portioned meals and snacks even though the 5-year-old is extremely picky. They eat about every 2 ...
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What is the evidence on the danger of feeding whole blueberries and grapes to infants and toddlers?

Some people cut grapes and blueberries in half to feed to infants and toddlers, to reduce the risk of choking. Others don't bother. I've read anecdotes about choking but was curious if there is ...
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How to make a 20-month-old use a spoon to eat?

My 20-month-old son refuses to eat with a spoon. He started to use one and pretty well quite early, but now for a few months he refuses and gets upset when I try to encourage him. He will take the ...
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How bad is a metal spoon for a 6-month-old baby?

Our six-month-old daughter loves to chew on metal spoons. She already has two teeth. Is this harmful to her teeth and dentition? Is a hard plastic spoon less harmful despite small plastic particles ...
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What solid foods to give a picky toddler to make her satisfied?

I'm a teen mom and my 19-month-old baby girl is so picky she barely eats baby foods. Everytime she sleeps during the day or night when she wakes up all she wants is milk. I’ll have to wait when she’s ...
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1 year refuses new food and throws a fit if we don't give him what he wants

My son, who is 1, is having a hard time making progress with his eating. There are a limited amount of things that he eats (e.g. bread, cereal, crackers, baby food) and he doesn't like to try new ...
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How to train a 2-year-old to eat food she doesn't like?

My 2-year-old daughter is scared of consuming curd. She runs away and if tried to force, she vomits. But it's good for her stomach. She also avoids cream and cottage cheese but drinks milk. Otherwise ...
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How to help our 4-year-old who can't bite food into appropriately sized pieces?

My almost 4-year-old won’t bite his food. He doesn’t seem to know how to. If given a large piece of food, he will try to stuff the whole piece in his mouth or won’t even try to eat it because of its ...
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Constipation and not eating while holding back poo. How can we help our son?

Our son is going to be 3 years old. Lately, he had constipation and he doesn't eat much. Now he holds back his stool because he had a rash, but now it is really hard for us to make him poo as he cries ...
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How to protect/clean a 14-month-old child's teeth?

My 14-month-old doesn't eat enough at dinner time, so she is always hungry at 3 AM. When she is hungry she will cry for hour long, eventually tire herself only to cry again in 30 minutes. To prevent ...
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How to make my 7- and 10-year-old nephews eat more healthily?

I am a single gay man and earlier this year I moved in with my disabled parents to help them care for my Nephews (7 and 10). I have been very active in their lives and was always aware of their eating ...
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Should we chase our 13-month-old girl and feed her?

My baby girl is 1 year and 1 month old. She no longer wants to sit in a high chair and when we feed her, she always runs off. Is it ok to chase after her and feed her?
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Can I use an hourglass to make my kid eat faster?

TL;DR version: My daughter eats quite slowly. Can I use an hourglass to teach her to eat faster? When this time is out, I take her plate away even if it's not finished. Longer version: My daughter is ...
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A boy at school told my 8-year-old daugther she had fat thighs. How to boost her self-esteem and make her eat healthier?

My 8-year-old daughter is very quiet and isolated at school. She has almost no friends. Besides, she doesn't like sports at all. Yesterday she told us that one of the boys at school told her she has ...
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At what age can you let kids go hungry till the next meal if they don't want to eat?

There's a lot of content on this site and others, which basically tell you never to force feed your child. Your job is to provide healthy food, it's their job to eat it. Allot a certain time limit in ...
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What to do about my 14-month-old daughter refusing to eat? [closed]

My 14-month-old daughter refuses to eat. What happened to her? And now she is anemic. I'm so worried about her!
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3-year-old eats snow

My daughter is 3 years old and she eats snow at kindergarten. And not even white snow, but dirty gray snow. She told me she does so because other children do it and because their leader allows them to ...
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How to keep 3 year old from chewing on everything?

I have a 3 year old who recently started chewing on whatever is nearby. Whenever he gets bored, or he's sitting watching a show, it's almost guaranteed he'll start chewing on something. Up until ...
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My 4-year-old will only eat things entirely made of starch or sugars - how to make him eat more healthily?

My 4-year-old son basically will not eat anything other than things that are entirely made of starch or sugars. Anything involving any kind of meat or vegetable is immediately and completely rejected. ...
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How to teach a toddler to use a cup with a straw?

My kid knows how to drink from a regular cup but is unable to use a cup with a straw. How do I teach my kid to use a cup with a straw in it?
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Toddler crying at lunch during school

Background Our girl, 19 months old, goes to day care 3 days a week. She has started becoming fussy about eating most things (as toddlers do). My wife and I have been feeding her some more simple ...
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How to avoid food waste while not forbidding experiments with food?

To give a bit context: We are quite relaxed with food and eating. Our daughter (3 years old) is free to decide many things about eating. Most of the time she may decide what to eat (as long as she ...
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Does excess sugar intake cause aggressiveness in children

Does excess sugar in a child cause aggressiveness?
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7-month-old boy does not want to drink

Our baby is 7 months old, we never had any major problems in feeding him but in latest month, he is refusing almost to drink any milk or water. Currently he is drinking probably around just 20-30 ml a ...
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How to stop a toddler disturbing mother's eating

My wife often eats on kotatsu- low table. My 1year 8 months old will drop everything to disturb her eating- grabbing at the plates of food. He is not hungry and won't play with me. He will disturb her ...
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Feeding a picky 18 month old - too early to send to bed hungry?

My little girl (17.5 months) is a fairly good eater, but often refuses a meal I have made knowing I will bring her other options until she eats. I want to raise her as a good eater, but I don't know ...
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Strategies to reduce stress at mealtimes

Strategies sought. Generally healthy happy 4.5 yr old grandson. Eats wide range of foods, including vegetables (broccoli a favourite) some reaction to dairy products so use soya and almond milk. ...
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2 year old daughter unable to chew

My 2 year old daughter does not like chewing her food. I was wasn't sure what to do and therefore I gave her pureed food. She has been eating that well. As she is becomes older; I am concerned that ...
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15 month swallows everything without chewing

my 15 month old daughter swallows everything she can without chewing. if only the morsel is hard only then, she would chew it. How shall i teach her to chew before swallowing? Thanks in advance.
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How do I train a toddler to bite and chew food?

My child is 2 years 8 months and he doesn't chew and bite food. He eats porridge and drinks milk. The solid food he will accept is a cheese tart, but he doesn't bite it, just swallows it. He also ...
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Son 2-3 years old doesn't want to eat porridge/cereal

Dear parents and parenting specialists. What to do if my son doesn't want to eat porridge/cereal? We try everything, we want him to eat buckwheat, millet, oatmeal, muesli and semolina, but he refuses. ...
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How can I address my kindergarten son not eating at lunch?

My son is underweight to begin with. He has been treated in the past for a disorder impacting his eating (apraxia), in particular in chewing his food, especially certain kinds of meat so he can be a ...
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23 month old child won't eat unless entertained

I see a similar question here, but the circumstances are somewhat different. Our daughter is very nearly two years old, and has a really healthy appetite. However, when sitting at the table at ...
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Long-term effects of leaving newborn sleep through the night without feeding

The top-voted answers to this question Should a newborn be allowed to sleep all night, or be woken up to eat more? suggest that, in general, is not a good idea to let newborns sleep through the night ...
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Toddler never picked up new foods since she was a baby. Does eat sweets of all kind

My daughter -who is almost 3 years old- never picked up any new foods since she was a baby. She only eats formula milk, yogurt, sliced apples, bananas, and rice cakes. Of course, she does eat candy ...
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Is PediaSure okay for toddlers and if not how to get them off it?

For several reasons my daughter had to be weaned off breast milk when she was around 14 months. At that point she was not eating well and lost a lot of weight. One pediatrician recommended we give her ...
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How to teach a 17-month-old to chew food?

I have a 17-month-old at our daycare. He doesn't chew off food or even chew food. His food is cut up into small pieces and he just swallows that way. How can we help him learn to chew his food and ...
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