Mom on the verge of a breakdown
(Wisconsin Dells, WI)
I am so completely thrilled to find this website!! My son JJ is 5 1/2 years old. For the last 3 1/2 years or so, he has been the pickiest eater I have ever met in my life. His diet consists of.... Peanut butter (has to be the smooth kind from walmart), Pancakes (frozen or from a restaurant, cant be made at home), bacon (has to be pre-cooked, or very crispy), french toast sticks(wont eat regular french toast), chocolate milk (no white milk), Red juice or Orange colored juice (cant be ORANGE juice tho), Bisquits, Chicken Nuggets (either Wendys, Tyson, Sysco foods, or Burger King), French fries (either Culvers or crinkle cut at home), no veggies what so ever, no other meat, will eat an apple every now and then, but wont eat apple sauce, plain vanilla yogurt, Regular Nacho flavored Dorittos, corn chips, Pringles, wont eat regular potato chips, honey buns, brownies (no nuts)...the list of the things he WONT eat is far bigger than the things that he WILL eat.
I have tried everything, bribing, forcing, "going to bed hungry", stickers, , ect ect. I have mentioned this to his pediatrician numerous times and all they tell me is.."he will grow out of it, dont give him to him, he wont starve himself"....Ok...this child has gone 4 days without eating in the past because i wouldn't "give in" to him. Any mother in their right mind would feel terrible seeing their child NOT eat.
When we try to give him new foods, or make him TRY something new, he literally gags and then throws up. I dont know what to do. My husband sees it as our child being "stubborn", and that he "does it on purpose to get his way". I know there is a bigger issue with him, but no one listens to me. What am i suppose to do? He wont take vitamins, so I know hes not getting what he needs. He isn't underweight by any means, hes 59lbs, so hes a pretty good size child. He is starting school this September full time, and Im scared to death. Hes soooo emotional, he has breakdowns, and tantrums. Anything out of routine sets him off. Last school term, the teachers called me numerous times because of his outbursts of emotional breakdowns. Him going to school full time now, scares me to no end. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you so much