I am a mother of 4 kids. My 1st child was picky as an eater...but NOTHING compares to my last child. I'm about to put my head through a wall. I don't know what to do w/ her.
Little back ground. My DD did not eat solids until she was 10 months old. Trust me...I tried! So for 10 months I nursed her every....2....hours. By the time for her 1 year check up she was nursing & eating bits of cereal...that's it. Her Dr. was alarmed as she completly feel off the growth charts & she was starting to plummet. Her check up revealed she was healthy & she had no problems. So my Dr. said she's a bad eater & is very active & not to panic. She said to keep nursing, but we had to suppliment. We would try to suppliment her at home before we took her to a pedi nutrition specialist. If she gained weight...great...if not...off to the specialist. My Dr. said I had to get her weight up & to abandon all thought of what I thought was good nutrition...which was so hard to do. I had to put wieght on her. My Dr. gave me the diet out lined & I about died.
Her diet...fat. Anything fatty...give it to her.
These are the things she ate.
Pads of cream cheese, butter, pure cream instead of milk, cereal / cream & breast milk.
That's all she would eat...but she ate it. And a month later she had gained weight & my Dr or I wasn't worried. Now I had to keep her on the high fat diet & start to incorperate healthy foods....which I thought would be easy....HA!
Fast forward...she's 5. She eats cream cheese on bagals & fajita shells. Mac & cheese. Some cheese.Crackers. Cereal. Yogurt..creamy. Some breads...usually white. Chicken nuggets...(& not the good kind...more like Aldi's chicken balls). Pancakes. Milk. Juice & pizza.
That's it. No fruit or veggie in any form. No chicken, no beans, no eggs, no pork, no beef. Nothing. & yes I have tried hiding foods. She can smell a blended carrot from miles away!
I have tried & tried. I have placed w/o complaint or suggestion foods on her plate...like a slice of banana..for every meal for 15 days (I read somewhere if you offer a kid a food it takes about 15 times of seeing it before they try it.....that's crap!)
My other kids will encourage her.
I offer healthy snacks.
I model good eating.
I got junk out of my home.
I honestly think I have tried everything.
Tonight I was done. We had corn, plain chicken & spaetzle noodles. She refused to touch a thing. So I told her she had a choice, try bites of the food or go to bed (it was 5:30pm.)
She went to her room. It's 10:19 & she is still awake...luckly....blessedly.. looking at books. Her TT only lasted 15 minutes.
I have dealt w/ a picky eater...but at least he ate eggs in any form & carrots & apples. I'm really at a loss of what to do w/ her.
Has anyone gone through this & do you have any suggestions.
I'm going to bang my head against a wall now.