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I have a 3 year old son who will not eat anything!

Hi I have a 3 year old son who will not eat anything!! He is also highly allergic to eggs. We were told he would grow out of it but I am still waiting. What can I do to get him to eat. I am sick of dinner time turning into a screaming match.

Answer: Hi There, I really do understand I have a fussy foodie who is six, but I have to say the battles have dropped off, thank goodness. One option worth exploring, at least for sanity, is an early childhood consultant, they are fab at helping to amend habits. Generally though this is my checklist on fussy eating:
  1. Persisting with offering the healthy stuff even if it is rejected
  2. Sneaking in the good stuff where you can which makes avoiding the battles (no-one wins those ones) easier
  3. Getting them involved
  4. Offering a healthy supper down the line if dinner is rejected and your toddler complains of being hungry
  5. Trying to use the foods they do eat as a basis for making other food/meals that are more likely to be enjoyed. For example cream cheese on a bagel, pasta with bacon and a cream cheese base, bread and butter pudding made with calcium enriched milk such as soy or rice, try sweet potato chips etc.
  6. Swap lunch and dinner if that helps and make meal portions achievable (small but healthy).
  7. Check milk or other fluids aren’t interfering with their appetite.
  8. Remember that food rejection is a normal behaviour for most toddlers and preschoolers.
  9. Repeat the mantra "this like all things in infancy and childhood, will pass" and it will!
I have a tip sheet on fussy eating on Huggies that might have some pointers, but again I really think it would be best to get some help with this, the link is: Picky Eating Also I think the Jessica Seinfeld book using purees is a good idea, but I reduce the sugar, use olive oil and don’t add salt, I also have a recipe book based on my fussy foodie. Sometimes it can help to have your child`s diet checked by a nutritionist or dietitian. They can advise you if there is any concern and if not it certainly makes picking your battles easier and life less stressful. Lastly, below are a load of allergy links for you, they are all good sites and some have helpful tip sheets and recipe books. Allergy links: Allergy Recipe Books: RPA Friendly Food Recipe and Food Intolerance Book from the Allergy Unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia www.cs.nsw.gov.au/rpa/allergy/resources/foodintol/friendlyfood.cfm Anaphylaxis Australia - A recipe book containing 80 recipes free of dairy, egg, wheat and sugar. ... Finding allergy–free recipes for those special occasions can be difficult. www.allergyfacts.org.au/product.html I hope some of this sheds some light. Stick with it, keep offering, it will get better (though I would be lying if I said anytime soon) and don`t worry too much, especially if you are able to find other ways such as smoothies and baking to get good stuff into him. All the best, Leanne
Answered: 01 Jun 2009