I am a Father of a 4 year old, who's having trouble getting him to eat, period. When he does eat , it's Chicken nuggets, Cheese sticks, Pizza. Nothing really healthy. In the morning, it's such a battle to get him to eat his toast (it's the only thing I can get him to eat in the morning) but sometimes he throws it up. He'll start chewing it for so long that I guess it just liquifies and he'll throw it up. I am really worried, and honestly don't know what to do. He won't try anything new.
From: Fred, Palm Bay, FLA
Have you talked to your pediatrician about your worries? You need him/her to weigh in to make sure that there are no medical concerns about weight gain and growth. If your son is healthy in that regard, then could there be some medical problem that causes him to not want to eat? Does he need to see a specialist? Some kids have difficulty with the textures of certain foods. Some kids have food allergies that cause them to be literally nauseated by certain foods. Some kids have anxiety issues that translate to loss of appetite.
Hopefully, those problems will be ruled out. If they are, then perhaps you can put his picky eating in perspective. Meaning: (1) he's growing in spite of being a picky eater, and (2) Picky eaters are not born picky, they turn into picky eaters because we're enablers. So if that's what you've got -- a picky eater that you have unwittingly created -- find a strategy you can live with that will also deter his picky habits. Since this is a topic that's been addressed many times in this space, here's some reading that may help.
BTW. About him not being willing to try new foods? It's depends on who's defining "new." Most kids need to see the same food multiple times -- 10, 15, 20 times -- before they no longer consider it "new."
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