I need help

by tara
(oak forest)

My kid is going to be 3 in aug and he only wants fast food like white castles, arbys and pizza or mcdonalds. He likes turkey lunch meat and turkey bacon from home but now he doesn't seem to want anything. He refuses to try new things . I cant force it. I just dont know what to do. I am so stressed out about the situation.

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Oct 04, 2010
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Experimentation with food
by: AdultAutistic

I know firsthand what it is like to have taste sensory issues. For a long time, I would not eat anything but fast food either. My parents tried the method of only giving me certain foods and refusing to give in but I still could not stand them and kept gagging on the taste so I just refused to eat and got really weak and then passed out with low blood sugar. What I finally found out on my own is to try a wide variety of things and experiment with different things until I found healthier foods that did not make me gag. Fruits and vegetables were a really big issue for me. I gag on broccoli and potatoes that are not french fried but love fresh pears and yams and bananas. Now I eat much healthier and feel much better. The trick is to keep trying different things until something works.

Jul 21, 2010
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i know
by: tara

i know what u guys are all saying. he isnt diagnosed with anything yet, it just that he is so picky and wont even try new foods. its so hard because he does listen but he hardly talks, so u cant explain whats good and bad to him. i am thinking about taking him to speech therapy.

Jul 14, 2010
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Suggestions for selective eaters
by: Anonymous

I understand your frustration. We have an 8 year old who has been through feeding therapy and a 6 year old with SPD/autism spectrum. After years of introducing certain foods like green beans, peaches, oranges etc. He will finally eat them (not alot, but some). It takes consistently having them take bites of these kind of foods to finally be able to handle them without gagging and meltdowns. We have a rule in our home, you need to try everything on your plate before you can have what you really want. Also, try being a sneaky chef, I have pureed veggies before and mixed them in pancake batter, muffing mix, cake mix etc.. This is a good way to get something in them. It's tough especially when you just want to eat a peaceful dinner with your family. Hang in there and you take the lead.

Jul 14, 2010
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Yep
by: Angie

I understand about your child being hard to feed. I know you feed him the fast food because you feel like at least he is getting something in him. My son has SPD but wasn't that bad. He like PB&J sandwiches but also the only way he eats any veggies are if they are raw....he like the crunch.
Anyway-It is going to be hard at first no matter what you do. I would get some stuff like the fast food for at home or try to make it healthier and/or then add some other better choices in.
He is still pretty young so it will only get harder as he ages. No judgment here, I just know because I have went through it.

Jul 14, 2010
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really???
by: Anonymous

does your child have SPD or an autism spectrum disorder??? he is 3. be the mom tell him no and if he doesn't like it he doesn't have to eat... he will eventually eat his veggies. also, make sure you are a good example if your kid sees you eating white castle and crap then he will want to also. make sure you put out healthy choices and make it kid friendly... for the longest time i cut up apples and grapes and kiwi and papaya and carrots and everything else and kept it in one of those containers that you bring out for parties with a lid and i would put it out at snack time and she could grab and go. or ch. and crackers. if you want your kid to be healthy you will stop him from eating like this my daughter is now almost 5 and because of how i started her out with healthy food she now perferres a good cut of salmon when we go out than chix fingers or a salad (she loves salad -- that's our go to if we dont have time to cook -- we make a salad throw in some perdue or leftover baked chix and some walnuts instead of croutons and some olive oil and balsamic vinegrette dressing) but seriously your child will have major health issues that will carry him into adulthood.

good luck and remember YOU are the parent and no means no (our fav--"you get what you get and you dont get upset" - 'pinkalicious')




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