2 1/2 Year Old Does Not Eat Solids

I just found this website and finally feel some relief that I am not alone. My 2/12 year old son is still on a bottle and baby food. If I give him anything else, it is either refused it or he throws a tantrum. His doctor just says "Get him off the bottle". Well I wish it were that easy.


He is seeing a speech pathologist 2x a week, but her main focus has been his speech. He is about 10 months behind and has very few words for his age. He is getting evaluated for occupational therapy very shortly.

He has been unofficially diagnosed with PDD, but after doing research on my own, I truly believe his issue is a sensory disorder. When he was 4 weeks old, he had surgery on his larynx and was intubated. During this time he was scoped several times (without any anesthetic). He also had terrible GERD up until 9 months. I think this is where his problem stems from, but the tests they run for developmental disorders do not take this into consideration.

I want to make sure my son gets the correct help. I am having a hard time getting the answers I want because I do not know the right questions to ask. Does anybody have any suggestions, advice, or similar stories, I would love to hear any feedback.

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Sep 25, 2016
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2 and a half yr old daughter not eating solid food
by: Meggy

I have the same prob. I have a 2 and a half yr old daughter. When she was younger she ate solid foods but now she refuses.

Like other moms, i try to give her diff types of food that she might eat but she only licks them or barely touches them. If i insist and put them to her mouth she would spit or throw them up and would cry. She goes to kindergarten and teachers tell me that she wouldn't eat anything. No snacks nor lunch.

But she is active during playtime although i notice that she has become so clumsy maybe because she isnt eating anything .So at night before she sleeps i give her bottled milk and at least 2 more like 1am and 4am. Also when she wakes up before going to school. Sometimes she also refuses to drink her milk in the morning which leaves me worrying because she will not eat through the day in the kindergarten. I dont know what is wrong.

She is perfectly normal and very smart at her age. She has no speech prob. In fact, she is bilingual. She started eating solid foods at 4mos with the baby food. She ate normally until she turned 2 yrs old. But then to my wonder it seems like she got tired of eating... :(

Jul 09, 2016
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My 18 month old won't eat solids
by: Anonymous

I am struggling with my 18 month old right now which is why I am here. He will eat crackers, cookies, certain dry cereals, even chicken nuggets (the only meat I have been able to get him to eat) but he wont try to eat anything else. I have offered him veggies, fruits, pasta dishes, etc and he flat out refuses. When I try to put a bite in his mouth just so he will taste it, he spits it out and then throws the rest on the floor. None of my other kids ever did this, they at least tried eating. The only time he gets a bottle is just before nap and bedtime, other than that his liquids are offered in a sippy cup which he will drink from. I am more frustrated than anything because I don't know if it's behavioral or if there is a medical issue going on. He has an apt this Monday with his pediatrician and I am going to address it. When he was about 6 months he too was diagnosed with GERD but then come to find out it was his formula that he had a milk sensitivity to. Now he drinks Lactaid due to lactose sensitivity so we don't deal with the stomach issues anymore. He is scheduled to see a speech therapist also because he only says few syllable words. This is very frustrating.

Jun 09, 2016
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Same here
by: Anonymous

Same here my son is 2 and half year old and he is on milk bottle and hardly touch solid food. He likes McDonalds fries and I make him fries at home in olive oil he eat them little bit. He eat chips,roti (pakistani bread) and ginger ale. He is going to speech therapy too.

May 11, 2016
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Thank You For Sharing.
by: Jessica

My Son Is 2 Yrs Old Same Thing, HE Only Drinks From his bottle, Nothing else. He will not even sit in his high chair. He flips out. NO SOLIDS ever! He will not even touch most foods His ped Says same thing "get him off bottle" like the problem is simple. Its Not, Its Hard Most nights sitting down for dinner and my baby the one who should be eating first will not touch food While I eat I Cry inside and sometimes out Loud. He Will Also be starting speech therapy soon.. Also Look Into ARFID It Is A new One Out There.. I Believe My son has ARFID and also sensory issues...

Apr 14, 2016
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Children with trouble eating
by: Anonymous

Some of your children sound like they need an eval for EoE. AU

Apr 05, 2016
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3 year old won't eat solids
by: Anonymous

My 3 year old son will not eat any solid foods! He basically lives off of yogurt, sometimes baby food sweet potatoes, apple juice, whole milk and pedia sure. I offer him cereal, crackers, French fries, chips, pop tarts, bananas etc basically anything I think he might eat. All he does is lick the flavor off and put it down. He is healthy, and knows a lot for his age. He keeps up with his 5 year old brother in every way. My 5 year old eats just fine so this really stresses me out. Doctors have said to let him starve it out and eventually he will eat but it's so hard for me to do that when he's telling me his belly hurts :( I always give in. Not sure what to do at this point but he will be starting vpk in the next year so it's really important that he starts eating solids. If any of you have advice on what you did that worked please share! Thanks!

Mar 10, 2016
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20 month old wont eat solids
by: Anonymous

Hi My son will be 21 months in 2 weeks and also refuses to eat solid foods. he eats pureed baby food, yogurt and porridge but refuses to eat anything he has to chew and gags when he tries. At some point we were making a little progress as he would take small pieces of chicken, mince, veggies. bits of rice or muffins but when he started teething his molars he got a little sick and wouldnt take anything except milk for 2 weeks. Since then he refuses to try any solids. Im really worried because he will be going to nursery school soon and I want him to be able to eat well while at school.

Feb 17, 2016
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my son is 30 months old and woukd not eat grown up food
by: sharan

My son is 2 1/2 years old and still on the bottle. he dont want to eat no food not even cerel and baby food. he is healthy and strong and speak well and very active. the daycare will keep the bottle away from him but when i pick him up he will fight and scream for his bottle. i am helpless. i want him to be happy and eat so i still keeping him on the bottle seen that is all he is having.
anyone please advise me what to do my email is sharan0708@yahoo.com thank you

Feb 08, 2016
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I HAVE A 2 YEAR AND A HALF SON WHO WILL ONLY EAT LONG LIFE CUSTARD AND THATS IT
by: Anonymous

HI everyone,
my son is similar to all of your little one.
when he was four years old i tried him on baby food and he wouldn't eat it kept spewing up, i waited for another month as i thought he might have been slow in eating but nope i got the same response but this time the spew ended up on me lol.
he has been through speech pathology and seen pediatric wards at the hospital and his regular doctor and the child health nurse but not one person has been able to give me answers and has wanted to help.
my son was admitted to hospital not long afer he had his 6 weeks needles as not even a day after he had his needles he went blue, he was all floppy we got the ambulance there and when we were in the ambulance his breathing was slowing down they had to give him some sort of glucose to help him.
the doctors had told me he had and infection but they told his regular doctor he had anaphylaxis well you should have seen my face when they asked me for his epi pen at the doctors surgery when he went in for his next lot of needles, getting back to my point i think some how this has a connection to his eating problem as he had all kinds of tests from a lumber puncture etc.
im stuck as he will only eat the custard in the long life, he wont eat the good brands of custards or anything, ive tried the big boys foods, vegetables all mashed up, baby food, mashed weet-bix and every time he carries on something shocking he will even put his hand down his throat to make himself throw up does anyone have anything that could help me please im really stuck

Dec 03, 2015
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Not eating solids is not always a disorder...
by: Anonymous

This is not going to be the popular answer here but I think that some of these kids may not have a sensory processing disorder. I have seen this over and over again in my daycare. I have children that will in fact eat normal "big person" food while here in daycare. But will only eat baby food or softer foods and bottles at home. The problem has been that the child has missed a very important stage in developing the ability to chew and learn about new foods because they were given bottles, baby food, and the ever popular food pouches and when they showed no interest or fuss over regular foods, parents returned to giving them the softer foods. I on the other hand used numerous methods to encourage trying new foods. I did not offer baby foods etc. And after some fuss each child began eating regular food. Yes, even the children that gagged or spit up. They eat completely normally here but still refuse to do so at home.

Sep 30, 2015
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3 year old eating disorder
by: Anonymous

I cannot believe how overwhelmed i feel just by reading all the comments above, simply because i am in a very similar in fact exact situation. My son turned 3 on the 24th September this year and he still does not eat "big people food". He only eats yogurt, noodles (not even a lot like 2 forks full), and baby cerelac cereal. He refuses to eat anything else and weve recently put him on a vitamin to increase his appetite as well as cut down his bottles.

Some people look at me like i am crazy or lazy but they dont see behind the scenes just how hard my husband and i try. At school his teachers try as well but all he does is vomits all over his clothes the minute he takes the food in which is very hard to get him to do. He is so smart and very strong but pronounces some words incorrectly and i firmly believe its because of his eating disorder. He used to eat purity mielies and corn but at the age of 5 months he was in hospital for 2 weeks and during that time underwent some major procedures from lumbar punctures to blood culture tests because they couldnt see what was wrong with him. However after that experience he only wanted custard and vanilla purity and zero foods.

My heart is so sore because he goes to bed sobbing since we have said no to cereal in the night and no to milk until he eats at least some vienna or cheese. I would love to hear any progress stories or methods we can try and how long it took for some results. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences. It helps. bianca_huet@hotmail.com

Dec 08, 2012
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Help
by: Anonymous

You know my son is 21/2 and he won't even eat baby food. I have tried everything but nothing. He drinks about 6 bottles a day of s26 baby formula 1-3years old. I have tried to get him to eat, he likes french fries and noodles but only when he wants them, he won't eat any other kind of food.
What should i do to get him to start eating.

Jul 20, 2012
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2.5year old on bottle and not eating table food
by: Anonymous

My son is 2.5 years old with sensory processing disorder! He will not drink hardly anything from a sippy cup! He loves his bottle! He does fine during the day at daycare with out bottle but when he gets in the car he ask for his bottle! If I don't have a bottle he throws a fit! I have tried every kind of sippy cups and straws to get him away from the bottle! He only gets it at night! He will not eat table food enough to get filled up! I have to feed him baby food to make sure that he is eating!

Nov 22, 2011
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Perfectly healthy almost 3 yr old but wont eat "big people food"
by: Anonymous

My daughter is almost 3 years old, and shes super smart and has no problem talking or saying any words, she knows her alphabet and how to count to 20 in both English and Spanish, but she wont eat "big people food"!! Its so frustrating because i want to see her eat something so i give in and give her baby food, but she hates stage 3 because of the chunks,and then my mother in law tells me to starve her eventually shell give in to eating something when she is hungry but can you really do that? how can you not give in to give them milk or something. Has anyone had any success with anything, the only thing shell eat is chicken fries, chicken, french fries, waffles, and the usual chips and snacks and what not, but even when she eats that she wont eat a lot of it. do i just quit the baby food once and for all?

Jul 16, 2011
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My 3 Year Old Won't Eat Solids, AT ALL!
by: Shanda

Hi! I have a 3 year old daughter and every since day 1 when I introduced her to solids she's hated them. She won't put anything in her mouth ot let us for that matter.... She's at a healthy weight and is so very smart... It boggles my mind as to why shes's so scared of what we call "Big People Food"... The most we can get her to eat is actual babyfood and milk/pediasure. She has to drink 3 a day to get her correct amount of nutrients and vitamins. We talked to many people and they all say she's stubborn.... Makes me feel like I've done something wrong along the way and would really like some more answers... It's confusing and stressful and I just want her to eat normally... Any tips from anyone?!?!

Oct 25, 2009
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Hyperactive Gag Reflex
by: Melissa

Have you tried looking this up? Maybe this is the problem. My daughter gags on real chunky baby food and they say to try using a vibrating tooth brush to wake up the mouth or a nuk brush to help push the reflex back. I googled that and it tells of SO many moms that have the same problems that we are having with our 2 and even 3 year olds that won't eat table food. I hope this helps.

Oct 07, 2009
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2 year old won't eat solids!
by: Melissa

My little girl is 2. She was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. She will only eat stage 3 baby food and that is only if it is not real chunky or thick. She still drinks from the bottle. I have found that the sippy cups that have the straw in them have actually started to work. We have her in speech therapy 2x a week and we are also working with early intervention teams. They also believe that she has sensory integration disorder. So, I know what you feel! Just pray and keep your head up.

Oct 06, 2009
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I am right there with you-I have a 3 year old girl with the same problem!
by: Carrie

I have a very similar problem with my daughter. I have her in feeding programs and we have been working with an OT specially trained in feeding disorders. She has severe SPD and I am beside myself just trying to keep her healthy. It is working, have hope and get help from people who can give you some great ideas and where to start. Please email me if you need any ideas or help getting somewhere. I live in the Sacramento, Ca area and Easter Seals is wonderful as are a few OT's I can recommend here in this area. cmiskawi@sbcglobal.net
Good Luck!

Oct 05, 2009
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hope this helps
by: Anonymous

When my daughter was that age i just took the bottle away and use a special cup I got my O.T. to order for me. it is made w/ one side cut out like a "u' shape. so you could actually see her drinking from it. I also use slippy cups that had a soft tip to help her get use to the idea. she has SPD as well.

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