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LEDIRETSE
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2/27/13 2:44 A

Thank you again for the comments and the advice. Some of his appetite's back, he takes small spoonfuls. And I have discovered that he enjoys fruits so am giving him more fruits. And on the plus side his teacher said that he does eat when he is around other kids. emoticon



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2/22/13 12:00 P

Glad to hear the doctor doesn't think there is anything wrong, but do keep watching him and find out what and how he is eating at school. I find some of the students eat their meals and some don't, mostly due to how much they eat at home, but sometimes just due to the excitement of doing something other than eating. Make sure that he does not get distracted while eating and sits at the table. Too many folks let their kids run about as they eat or let the child control the eating times. It is fine and good to give them "small" snacks throughout the day, but be careful not to give so much that they no longer need to eat at their meals. They have small stomachs.

Also, as I posted in another thread, make their food taste good, they have a sensitive palate and don't like bland or unappealing foods. Just keep are real good eye on the little guy and you should learn more about what's going on. But if this continues to go on and you still haven't figured out why, and he loses weight, then you may still need to take all your info and child back to the doctor to look closer at any underlying issues. My prayers are with you.



GLITTERFAIRY77
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2/22/13 9:04 A

I'm so glad there's nothing wrong medically with your mancub! What a relief!



LEDIRETSE
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2/22/13 8:57 A

thank you guys so much for the comments and the advice. we went by the ped's office yesterday and he could not find anything wrong with him.he thought it might be the school schedule that is affecting his appetite, m to find out how much juice and junk he eats there. but otherwise he gave us some supplements to try for 3 days. will keep you posted on the progress emoticon



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2/21/13 2:33 P

Is he drinking his calories in milk or juice? If he goes to school, is he eating there? When mine was younger, I was lucky if I could get one meal a day in him. He certainly did that at three. He is 5 now, and does eat more regularly, but I can still do not expect him to eat a whole lot. I also have found if food is too late, he won't eat. For a long time, we were eating dinner at 5 pm exactly because if we went late, he wasn't going to eat at all. Now, I can push it to about 5:45 if I have to. He also has at say at the table with us even if he is not eating. Some parents allow grazing all day for toddlers, and maybe he will get more calories overall if you do that. Some kids really need the set meal times.
Does he have a weight issue? If he is not underweight, make sure there are a variety of healthy options available but do not force him to eat. If he is underweight, still don't force, but work with your ped.



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2/19/13 12:49 P

Yes let us know how it goes with Dr.
Odd that he goes that long without eating anything. I know my boys will not eat if they have a fever. Yes they can get picker at that age, but nothing? you would think he would end up finding something he wants.

Is he constipated? I know my neighbor girl has this problem often. She gets so backed up she can't eat.
Strep throat?
Ear infection?


Beckie



GLITTERFAIRY77
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2/19/13 7:56 A

Let us know how it goes! I hope it's nothing more than a growth slow down.



LEDIRETSE
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2/19/13 7:37 A

He started pre-school beginning of February, maybe that affected his appetite but, will definitely take him to see his doctor.Thank you



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2/18/13 11:26 A

As a mother of a streong willed 3 year old, I've experienced days where my son seems to have little appetite and is too busy to slow down for meals. Children usually will only eat when they are hungry, and tend to graze. They eat tiny amounts, but do it multiple times as opposed to adults who eat full out meals. It is NOT normal for a child to go days without eating or drinking. I'd definitely talk to your pediatrician and get some feedback from a professional who is familiar with your child and history. Good luck



GLITTERFAIRY77
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2/18/13 10:36 A

If it's days at a time, it is definitely something you should make an appointment with his pediatrician about. I really don't think that's normal. I mean, my kids have gone through growth slow downs where they barely eat, but I could at least get them to eat something, like pb & j and milk or juice, or you could try popsicles made with the same stuff you'd make the smoothies with.



CLARK971
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2/17/13 2:44 P

is this something new or has it been going on for awhile?

have you talked to his doctor?





LEDIRETSE
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2/16/13 10:40 A

my son's turning 3 this year and he refuses to eat. Only eats once in few days. i have tried making smoothies of fruits he used to like to giving him multivitamins to boost his appetite but nothing is working. what can i do to make him eat?



 
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