Posted by: | 2011/05/04



my baby is a fussy eater.since he was young we have been really he at grade 1 and i''m working so my brother beat him up every day so that he can aet,they told me that he even takes 2 hour if u dont beat him up.i do experience this problem alos but it''s really hard to beat my child every day,if he is playing i have to guess that he is now hungry.he is now 6 year but every since he was born he never told me that he is hungry,please help me.

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I am very alarmed and horrified by this story. Your brother must stop hitting your son if he will not eat. This is simply a form of physical abuse,no wonder your son will not eat. He is probably terrified every time he sits down to a meal with your brother sitting there ready to hit him.Your brother needs to warned to leave your son alone otherwise you will need to report him to a social worker. Your son needs to be seen by a child psychologist as soon as this can be arranged to assist him to overcome this eating disorder which he has developed.

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Posted by: palesa | 2011/05/05

thank you very much my dear,i really appreciate it.

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Posted by: Tania | 2011/05/05

Hitting a child because they do not want to eat is not acceptable in my book, threatening them maybe a little but not to the major detriment to the child. Bribing them also works sometimes but you run out of things to bribe them with.

My daughter is also 6 years old, and is such a fussy eater, we are never without cheese, viennas, noodles, yoghurt, chicken pops, salticrax, simba puffs only, cold drink, chocolate because this is her main food items that she will eat. However I know it''s not enough she does not eat fruit at all and still need to reach this hurdle of getting her to eat but when it comes to supper we make basic meals and try and have veggies every second night or so, " veggies also limited"  to carrots, butternut, green beans, spinach and what we do is try and mash it up as much as possible to disguise it from her and many of the times she will only eat a little bit but before she goes to bed its a vienna or two cause she is hungry.

I have also started giving her Scotts Emulsion which I believe is really good.

Something I saw on television the other day is you can also try and identify the foods he likes and will eat, then serve these to him but disguise the good stuff by putting it into a blender to purify it so much that when you mix it into his food for example rice, potato etc. he will not even notice or taste that it is there (just make a nice tasty gravy)

Good luck and you need to warn your brother to stop hitting your son because if you don''t report it - I am sure someone else will!

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Posted by: palesa | 2011/05/05

u r not going to blive me when i say i have spoke to him several times,but most of time i''m not around so i always ask him when i come back from work what happed during the day.really when i am around i do try to make him aet with out beating him,even sometimes i twll him to eat fast so ttht we can go somewhere,but most of the time i promised him some thing that i know he will like,e.g i always promise him some like playing after he ate.really i''m telling now i dont approve beating up a child.

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Posted by: Purple | 2011/05/05

That you know what your brother is doing and don''t make him stop is truly terrible and you are just as much to blame.

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