Posted by: Concerned mom | 2004/11/09


My Toddler wont eat much just nibbles!!

I have a 20 month daughter who over a couple of months has become really disinterested in food. I dont know how she has so much energy with such little food in her system. She looks healthy but I am getting concerned that she is not getting the right nutrients in her body that a child should get on a daily basis. Please advise as to what I should feed her as she wants to experiment on her own as feeding her myself is a no-go.


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The most important thing is that she is healthy, active and thriving. This illustrates that whatever she gets is clearly enough and you do not have to force feed her at all. Make sure that you only ofer healthy food to her, the biggest mistake would be to offer her only the things she likes in order to get her to eat. If she is not unwell she will eat when she is hungry.

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Posted by: Ree | 2004/11/12

Mine is exactly the same! I just make sure she has her multivitamin every day so that way she gets some of the nutrients she needs. Also try to give her nutrient dense foods, like cheese, eggs, yoghurt etc, where it's OK to have just a little bit but it does more good than just a slice of bread for example. Good luck!

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Posted by: klh | 2004/11/10

Hi Concerned Mom,

I have an 18month little girl and she is exactly the same, full of beans and runs around like she is on bioplus but picks at her food and just drinks. Then there are moments when all she wants to do is eat, I think at this age they are so excited about being mobile and adventurous and curios they just get bored with eating as it has been the only thing they have been doing, now to be running about and learning is new and takes preference...but if you think she may have a tummy bug or sore tummy then consult your doc. I was told by a friend of mine who is a specialist, "When she is hungry she will eat, don't think there is something wrong with her if she won't eat, just be persistent and have food available for her to eat should she want to. But keep eating times the same and as long as she drinks and takes a multivitamin she will be ok. BUT if it continues and she begins to lose weight and becomes undernourished then there is cause for concern and she must be seen by her Doctor." I beleive to be safe, call her doc and tell him what the case is so that he can ease your mind or assist in what the problem could be.

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Posted by: candy | 2004/11/09

hi i use to nibble that was as i was not all that hungry and then my mum started to get wored so i went to the doctor and was told that i had a small smommact

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