Eating Habits/SPD Diagnosis

by Deirdre
(Oakland, Ca. U.S.)

Hi, I've read so many great ideas on this website about how to get our children to eat/try different foods. My son is eight years old, and struggles with food alot. He has not eaten any fruits or vegetables since he was three years old, and there are other foods he has stopped eating also. He has a big problem with the smell of some foods, and will not go near them.


I cannot sneak anything pass him, because he can smell every little thing. I cannot sit at the table and eat with him, unless we are eating the same thing. He cries about the smell of some foods, and has even had meltdowns from the smell in other peoples homes. I am really concerned because he is not getting any fruits or vegetables. I've been giving him a multiple vitamin, but would like to find a way to get him to try fruits and vegetables. Any Suggestions?

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Jul 08, 2012
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my fussy eater
by: Renee

When my daughter was 3 my marriage fell apart , my daughter stopped eating , she wanted to have bottles again , still now nearly 3 years later her diet is plain bread , rice pasta , hot chips and chicken nuggets from MacDonald ,popcorn, cereals,and likes to drink milk ans water , when i try to get her to try something new she gags and throws up , , I don't know what to do anymore , the dr's just say she is a bland eater.

Nov 07, 2010
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Book
by: Anonymous

Try the book "Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food" by Jessica Seinfeld

Nov 03, 2010
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Fruit and Veg for non-eaters
by: Anonymous

My son would only eat white rice and pasta (no sauce, no butter, no oil, just plain). I started by cooking them in chicken broth rather than water, and noticed immediate improvements in his overall health. Then to his rice I slowly added very small amounts, increasing over time, of carrot, yellow squash and zucchini (all three at once) and switched to arborio rice (the kind used for risotto)and cook slowly over a low flame. If you peel and grate the squash with a fine grater it will puree itself as it cooks (or you could puree and add it to the rice). He actually prefers the rice with the veggies now, and occasionally I can get away with adding minced chicken as well. Sometimes I serve it as a main dish, and sometimes as a side.

I also beefed up breakfast by changing his favorite pancakes (again very gradually increasing in amount), which he eats plain with no condiments, to add walnut flour (just grind walnuts to a powder) and applesauce, with a tiny bit of cinnamon and cloves. You have to be careful to start with such small amounts that they will not be noticed, and not increase the amount for a couple of weeks, and then add only the smallest bit more. I started with one walnut in the entire batch of pancake batter, ground to a fine powder. Now I make them with 1 cup of walnuts and 1/2 cup of applesauce, and he loves them. If the walnuts are not ground fine enough, however, he will not eat them. It's a fine line.

Mar 15, 2010
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fruits and veggies
by: Anonymous

We give our son V8 Fusion once a day, its not much but at least it is one serving of fruits and vegetables. It comes in multiple flavors and has the same consistency as any other juice.

Nov 24, 2009
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foods
by: mm

Our 8 year old is the same way. He will eat in another room if it is too hard for him. What about smoothies? You can blend fruits and veggies in it. Our son can tell if we add things too so I started with carrots and fruit and he never noticed. Good luck, I know how hard it is.

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