Posted by: Monica | 2008/02/04


2.5 yr old will not eat

Afternoon Doc, please help. My 2.5 yr old son does not want to eat food but snacks. I have tried 2 minute noodles, custard and have tried all different kinds of meals with sauces to make them appetizing but nothing seems to work. He is still on his bottle and that's the only thing he drinks the entire day. How do I get him off the bottle as I think this is one of the reasons he won't eat. Are there any supplements, shakes or syrups except for Scotts Emulsion that I can give him. I can put the shakes in his bottle until he starts picking up weight and then take him off the bottle. I feel like a failing mom.

Expert's Reply



Many children seem to want to eat less when they are at this age. The problem here is that your son only wants to drink milk and he is too old for this. He should have no more than 2 cups of milk a day now. Tonics are not going to help his appetite. You need to get him to eat a healthy mixed diet and snacks and '2 Minute noodles' which is full of MSG is not the right food for him.

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Posted by: N | 2008/02/04

My seuntjie is ook 2.5 jaar.Ek gee vir hom viennas,blokkies kaas of stukkies perske of druiwe of sulke goed deur die dag.(my mahulle het altyd hom opgepas,maar nou is ek self by huis laaste 2 mnde)Hy drink ook sy bottel,rooibos tee of hasiemelk-Nesquik.Sogg eet hy pap,dan maak ek of kos soos hoender boutjies en aartappels en groente.Hoender breek ek uitmekaar en die ander goed druk ek saam fyn en voer hom so tussen die hoender deur.Of macaroni en kaas wat hy als net so opeet,hy hou baie daarvan,gooi bacon in.Hy hou ook baie van yum tums yogurt v Parmalat!!Dit het lekker geure!!

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