Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Traverse city, michigan
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I'm beginning to be concerned about my 4 year old dd. She hasn't liked MOST vegetables since she was 18 months, but I would get creative and make nutritious pumkin breads or zuchinni breads, pumkin butter etc. She would pick the SMALLEST pieces of veggies from a dish and put them aside. BUT, now she won't even eat those breads, and is even getting picky with her fruits. She'll take like one bite of one of the fruits offered at a meal. She skips ALL veggies, and will only eat breads (whole grain of course), peanut butter (un-hydrogynated), and dairy. Oh yeah, and juices. Basically, we offer a meal with lots to choose from and I give her a little of everything on her plate, more of what she likes and less of what she doesn't like. After eating her sandwich, for example, she'll request more sandwich or more milk, without even touching the other stuff on her plate. I don't want her do OD on breads and have nothing else, because that's what she wants to do. What we've been doing is telling her that she needs to try the other items on her plate, and then if she's still hungry, she can have more milk, or another sandwich, etc. But she refuses to try anything she doesn't "think" she wants, she stops eating and drinks water. During the day if she's hungry between meals I always offer fruit and veggies and water, but she'll pass. She has never been much of an eater, so she never really eats much anyway.
So....................my question is, should I be giving her supplements? She is VERY healthy, in that she is only sick 1-2 times a year, fights infections quickly, has never been on ANY prescription drug, etc.
Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!