Questions tagged [food]

Food in solid or liquid form, specifically in relation to children. See also the tag [eating] about manners and motivation.

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Is this excess phlegm and throat clearing a sign of lactose intolerance?

My daughter, aged nigh on 8, really gets 'phlegmy' after any dairy, clearing her throat continuously and complains, after a while, that her throat gets sore. I have done some research, but from what ...
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Adult daughter bulimic but doesn't want to go therapy

Caught 19 year old daughter throwing up after binging on junk food. Told her to go therapy but she refuse. What to do? I stopped buying all junk food.
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Should I try promote / discourage certain food preferences in my toddler?

We have a 14 months old toddler at home and are wondering to what extent what she eats now is going to affect her food preferences later in life - and is this something we should actively try to ...
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How can I teach a one-year-old to stop throwing food once he's done eating?

I've looked at other questions here about toddlers throwing food. But they seem to do it for the fun of watching things fall, or in the middle of their meal. So those answers do not apply to my ...
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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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What happens when you feed cold milk to a baby?

I often read the recommendation that milk for newborns and infants (breast milk or infant formula milk) should have body temperature (~ 37°C). Usually, this recommendation is just stated as a fact (...
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How many grams of carbs and sugar should a 1 year old eat?

There is no evidence that low carb\sugar is helpful for toddlers but when is it too much ? Are there any general agreements on daily Carbs and Sugar (each) intake, specifically for a 1 year old ?
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My 8-month old baby stopped accepting solid food

I introduced soup (with some meat or fish), fruit and baby food to my daughter when she was about 6 months old. It was relatively well accepted for some time. More recently (she is about 8 months now),...
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How to feed a 2-year-old without using an iPad or TV to distract him? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you feed a picky eater? We try to feed our 24-month-old son the same food for dinner as we are having ourselves. Obviously, we mash or chop it and avoid the strong ...
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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 do we introduce a family supper time with a two-year-old who has significant allergies but wants to eat our food?

My two-year-old daughter has significant allergies (dairy, egg, wheat/gluten and peanut) and she's been significantly underweight for the past year (10th percentile). We've had her on a special diet ...
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How do I clean up after feeding a toddler food that my spouse is allergic to?

My wife is allergic to X. It was recommended to me by an allergist to feed X to my toddler 3 times a week, The problem is my toddler likes to kiss us on the cheek, and we share similar food (e.g. an ...
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What are the alternatives for a lactose intolerant baby?

I have a 2 month old granddaughter and she is potentially lactose intolerant (she's been spitting up, has runny stools, a low grade fever, fussy, and the doctor suggested it). She's been on a milk-...
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Help for my friend's pre-schooler who eats too much

I want to know if anyone has any kind of experience with this as it is foreign to me. My best friend has two little girls (seriously, this is about my best friend. Not me.). Her oldest just turned ...
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When is a change in stool appearance to be expected after starting baby on wet and solid foods

We recently started our six months old daughter on vegetable purees and solid food, which she likes fine. She will eat a few spoons full, up to about 12 per meal. I read, and was told, to expect a ...
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Are deli cut meats bad for a 15-month-old?

We've been feeding our 15-month-old deli ham for dinner pretty regularly. Recently, a family member was alarmed that we were feeding him any kind of deli meat because it is "bad for them". We ...
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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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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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What are the pros and cons of using dessert as a motivation for kids to work hard?

We have a kindergartener whom we homeschool. We also send our child for once-a-week violin lessons, which requires us to practice with our child every day. Most of the times, our child is motivated ...
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My baby girl is 12 months old [closed]

She is eating only blended food she can not eat solid food without blend and that make me very sad to see my baby not gaining proper weight for her age. Now she is 9 kg. Please help me what should I ...
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What are some good natural teethers?

It seems our 6 month baby wants to take everything in her mouth, it would be nice if we were able to give her some natural food-based teethers, but which edible substances can be used as teethers? Do ...
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What to do about my 7-year-old being too picky about food?

My 7-year-old daughter does not like to try new recipes. She eats only bread and butter. She is not ready to try pasta, rice or Mac and cheese. Among fruits and vegetables she eats only carrots and ...
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How many tablespoons of yogurt should an 11-month-old eat?

Our 11-month-old loves yogurt, and would eat it constantly if we let him. How much is too much assuming his weight is ok?
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When flying with an infant, what airport security restrictions for breast milk/formula/baby food apply?

We're planning on taking a short (1-2 hour) air trip in a couple of months. Our son will be 11 months old by then. Given the delays with getting through security, the amount of time in advance we'll ...
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Is my 15-month old drinking too much fluids?

My 15-month old is Mr. Thirst. He is weened (about 2 months now), but he has ravenous thirst and drinks about 50-60 ounces (ca. 1,6 liters) a day of fluids. We give him soy milk (he might be lactose-...
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How and when do I teach my son to use chopsticks?

Even though I live in the U.S., I find using a fork inefficient and clumsy. I'd like to teach my son how to use chopsticks as an alternative. What is the best way to do this without interfering with ...
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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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Why do Heinz's Honey packets say not to give them to children under 12 months?

I was getting tea today and noticed those cute little honey packets made by Heinz. At the bottom of the packet it says: DO NOT FEED TO CHILDREN UNDER 12 MONTHS OLD - why?
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What's a healthy, non-perishable, keep-it-in-the-car-and-forget-it snack for a toddler?

I would like to offer my 1.5 year old toddler snacks while we are in car and its snacktime or she is hungry. Currently, I rely on goldfish crackers but these are not much healthier than potato chips, ...
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How do I stop my son from drinking any soft or sugary drink?

My son is 25 and studying for a PhD. He has at least 13 cavities that all require fillings. Every dentist and dental hygienist has warned him to stop drinking ANY soft and sugary drinks. But he ...
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What could be the reason of food accumulation (pooling) between front lower teeth and lips in mouth of the toddler? [closed]

I have a 24+ month old toddler. Over a long stretch of time, he has been a slow eater because food pools in the front of his mouth. Especially between his lower teeth and his lips this is true. Food ...
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2-year-old toddler won't eat

My two-year-old daughter won't eat most of what we give her. She was eating fine about a month ago; she would normally eat a bowl of soup at lunch and dinner but now she eats almost nothing. She won't ...
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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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How can I get my toddler to eat as well for us as he does at daycare?

My son (currently 23 months old) attends an in-home daycare 5 days a week. The daycare provider cooks homemade meals for the kids, and provides snacks. By every report she gives, our son gives her ...
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Does a late evening snack improve the odds that a child will sleep well?

Some of my friends with preschool and early-elementary children routinely give their children a snack shortly before bed to help them sleep better. On the other hand, we have generally limited post-...
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My 2-year-old-son is eating small black stones. How to stop this habit? [duplicate]

My 2-year-old son is eating small black stones when he is playing outside. We were really shocked he considered those as "chips", and he tries to bite the stones and swallows them very often. Now we ...
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Should toddlers drink milk during the night?

My son is almost 2 years old and he still wakes in the night to drink. I know he is not alone. As I would like to get a full night's sleep, I have been contemplating watering down his formula to get ...
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Is it okay for a 14-month-old to eat solid food without having teeth?

My 14-month-old daughter is not interested in the usual soft food, but happily eats what we are having. Fruit, vegetables, bread, cheese, noodles, rice, etc. Problem is she has no teeth for chewing (...
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How to introduce foods to my 4-month-old girl?

Our doctor recommended us to start giving fruits to our little (4 months and some days) little girl, since the mother will return to work and won't be able to breastfeed so freely. Ok, yesterday we ...
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Getting a 7-month-old baby to focus (a little) while eating?

The baby I care for is hitting that stage where he is almost ready to begin crawling and he is really busy looking all over the place. Which is great and developmentally appropriate, but BOY it makes ...
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Why do toddlers hate getting their face cleaned off with a wet washcloth and is there a better way?

After every meal it’s a battle to wipe off my toddler’s face. He really fights it (This paints a pretty good picture). I’ve observed this to be quite common for toddlers. Is there an easier way to ...
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How to deal with an 11-month-old child crying during/after eating?

My 11-month-old son has so far always been a good eater, although he has often had a habit of crying when his milk was finished, or at the end of meals. This has generally been ok to deal with. ...
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What are the pros and cons of giving nutritional food supplements?

There are lots of nutritional food supplements that (arguably) makes our children Stronger Sharper Taller Me and my mom are having a difference of opinion here. She tells me not to give them. She ...
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How do you determine what the age-appropriate foods for a baby are?

Our baby is 14 months now and he has eaten almost any kind of food. But during the first months, it was so confusing the fact that each doctor and/or "expert", suggested their own schedule about when ...
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How to make young kids become more involved in meal planning and cooking?

I'm trying to involve my 5-year old and 3-year old more in meal planning and eventually cooking. Right now, they're a bit picky (like most) and so we have a pretty limited set of maybe 5-6 dinner ...
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How to deal with children going to friend's houses to bypass rules

In our house, as with most households I assume, there are lots of rules that we decided on, which might not be agreed upon by other families. Our son is 9 at the moment. For example, to prevent video ...
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Is it OK for my children to eat solely carbs and fruit, which is what they want

We have two kids (almost 5yo and 20 months). Both are very picky eaters, eating some carbs(noodles, pasta, or bread, all plain; no potatoes/rice!), and fruit of all kinds, but nothing or very little ...
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How to get toddler to eat eggs?

A long while ago my 2 yr 9 mo old son decided he did not like eggs. He was good enough to taste them (and re-tasted them on a couple later occasions), but he made up his mind he just does not like ...
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My 2-year-old does not eat except drinking milk

My child is going to be 2 in the next 15 days but he likes to drink only milk and does not eat. He will eat only 1 or 2 bites and then will not eat. My pediatrician asked to remove milk. We tried but ...
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What should I feed my kids for breakfast?

I have a 6-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl. They currently eat sugary cereal for breakfast, but I'm looking for alternatives, particularly from experience. What are healthier alternatives they ...