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My 3-year-old daughter is extremely picky. She eats 3 types of veggies, 2 types of fruits, smoked turkey, and salmon. Oh, cheddar cheese and yogurt from time to time too.
She used to eat everything as a baby, but the list kept shrinking throughout the years, and I am really desperate. I’ve always been of the view that we should give our kids the chance to build an appetite for meals. But having a picky eater on your hands definitely takes a toll on you. She’s losing a lot of weight despite us trying a lot!
Of course, she eats crackers and biscuits, but I can’t give that to her as a meal! So I was wondering if any of you used appetite boosters? Are they safe? Are they efficient?
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Toddlers and meals can be very stressful. It might be helpful to visit a dietician to seek some advice around foods and your child. There could be a number of reasons why she is having trouble with food and I think that giving any kind of supplements or medications could potentially just mask an underlying issue. Chatting with your GP might also be helpful.
I just got through the same thing with my son. He stopped eating his dinners and would pretty much pick around his food. It was driving me insane!! I figured out that I was giving him so much milk during the day that he was filling up on milk and not leaving any room for his dinner. Once I started saying no when he asked for milk between lunch and dinner time, he actually started eating his dinners again!
Have you considered trying to feed her small meals throughout the day in 2-3 hour intervals? Maybe she just isn't the type of kiddo to sit down and eat a whole meal but would prefer snacking all day long. Don't offer her snack-like foods, just try to make snack time like a meal. Offer up a turkey sandwich or peanut butter and jelly instead of chips and cookies.