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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Claire | 2007/12/06

Q.

"Beige" eating toddler

My son, 2 and a half years old, does not and will not eat any vegetables or meat. This started right back when he was about 8 months old when he progressed in his puree foods from fruit and veg to a diet including meat. I have tried "hiding" meat and veg in sauces, serving casseroles and "mixed" dishes as well as serving separate meat, veg and potatoes. He is incredibly head strong and will not even try anything. Not being a fussy eater and believing in 5 fruit and veg a day with a balanced diet I battle to understand this issue. I ultimately resort to serving him alternately, macaroni cheese or fish fingers and oven chips. Even this becomes a battle. His meals are generally beige in colour so pasta and cheese and marmite sandwiches appear often on the menu. I have also tried to make him more interested in food by getting him involved in making meals and baking etc and doing fun things like painting with potato stamps and broccoli - all to no avail! He does not appear malnourished but I do worry about any long term damage this may do to his health and more importantly I don't want this to become a habit of his and in turn a habit of mine.

I would appreciate any advice or suggestions.
Kind regards

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Many children of this age go through phases like this when they refuse to eat certain vegetables [especially little boys] and also meat. The main thing is to make certain that mealtimes are kept happy and quiet with no raied voices and that no food is forced on him. Let him eat what he likes at this stage. Many children do not like foods with rough textures and only want to eat smooth, finely mashed foods.He will start eating a steadily wider variety of foods with time. By the way too much Marmite may not be a good idea at this stage as it is has too much salt.

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