Sarafina is continuing to have trouble gaining weight. I am not sure what to do. She is refusing most foods. She will eat pizza, PB and J, cheese, most fruits, pudding, and such. However, she is refusing a lot of food. She won't weat most meats. She used to love spaghetti, but now screams and tries to throw it on the ground. Sometimes, she will eat Mac and cheese. She gags on pediasure.
Does anyone have any ideas on how I can help her find foods that she will eat? Any smoothie recipes that are healthy and high in calories?
In my twins club someone was talking about sneaking in protein ... they mix an instant pack of oatmeal with a couple a tablespoons of water just to moisten it, mix that with an egg, and bake in a muffin tin for 15 minutes at 350. It can be packed with whatever you need to sneak into their diet, maybe some high cal dried fruit? I have no idea really though about getting her to eat since mine aren't eating food yet, but I know the eating struggles because my girl hasn't even hit 10 lbs yet.
Mel-As for food, DD1 WAS an amazing eating...up until about 6 months ago. She likes what she likes and I can't get her to eat anything else. Even things she LOVED before she is refusing, so I understand your frustration. There has been nights where she sat at the table by herself for up to 2 hrs because she needed to eat her dinner before she could leave. It breaks my heart, but I am noticing a weight lose and its scaring me. I cant control what she eats at school and the majority of the time her lunch comes home only 1/4 eaten. We seem to be eating a lot of pork here because she loves it. I'd love to find a great smoothie recipe that I could give her.
so no I have no solution...I'm in the same boat!
We're at 22 months and are having the same problems. I feed them what they'll eat, and if I can't find anything for them to eat, then I give them formula.
Could you make a fruit smoothie and throw some formula in? She'll be getting her vitamins. It looks like she's eating some good food. Maybe she's just not hungry all the time you give her food? I mean, she's eating, just not a lot, right? I wouldn't worry too much.
Krista - I am sorry you are dealing with that right now. Have you thought about just setting a timer and if she doesn't eat in that timeframe, the food goes in the fridge. We did that with my DS btw ages 3 and 4. We try not to make a big deal about how much they eat. With my DS, we also just set an amount of food he had to eat in order to go play. So, we would say he had to eat 3 more bites. It may be that we felt he needed more than 3 bites, but as long as he ate some food, we were okay with it. He responded well to that. We also gave him choices. So, we would say, "You can either eat 3 more bites and go play or you can sit here until the timer goes off, and go straight to bed. " Usually, he chose 3 more bites and playing over the less attractive option. We tried our best not to make meals a battle. He is a much more adventurous eater now. I can tell you that it gets easier.
I love that oatmeal idea with an egg. I wonder how it turns out? Sarafina might not eat it because she hates oatmeal, but my son might love it. I think I might try some Carnation Instant Breakfast with Sarafina. It is easy and I can mix in just a little bit and slowly increase it. It might be a lot better and cheaper than Pediasure. I need to figure out the smoothie thing though because I think we can all benefit from them. I am not very good with a blender.
Kim - Thanks! I try not to worry too much. Her ped wanted her to gain a pound every 3 months, but I think she has only gained 10 ounces, if that. So, she is not really gaining the way he wants. He never worries about her weight as long as she stays on her curve. However, the one pound every 3 months is to stay on her curve. We are losing her ped because he is moving out of state, so I am on the hunt for someone new. Who knows what their philosophy will be. I worry about that more than anything. Their ped has knows all of my kids from birth. He knows that I don't make big kids and doesn't really worry about their size too much.
The oatmeal supposedly turns out like a regular muffin but with parent-sneaking foods (and maybe honey or cinnamon to hide it).
D is no longer following her curve and our ped wanted to wait a month for another data point but I'm taking her in this week. He keeps insisting that she's just petite. But she's too little. I'm not small at all.
A close friend of mine has a 14 month old who was not gaining weight, he was below 5%ile and falling off his curve and she had to see a nutritionist per her ped. The nutritionist said to use the Carnation Instant Breakfast, smoothies (try yogurt, bananas, strawberries, blueberries and whey protien, tastes great!), cream cheese on graham crackers, avocado, nut butters on bread/crackers etc. At the last appointment (2 months after seeing the nutritionist) her son had finally gained enough weight to stop going to the nutritionist.
With my DS he wouldn't even try foods, so we instituted a "you must eat one bite" rule. The first night he went to bed immediately when he refused, had a royal fit, screaming kicking etc., once he had calmed down he came out of bed, ate the one bite and has NEVER refused to try one bite since. That was 3 months ago. He eats at least one bite of every food item on his plate.
Now my DD is refusing foods. Mealtime is so stressful! Good luck, I hope she eats more for you soon!
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