By my third child I thought I knew plenty about feeding challenges. I was wrong. The hardest was yet to come. I’m excited to share our story and how I got my one year old to eat again and a special recipe that literally saved her life.
Every parent wants their kids to be good eaters, right?
No complaining. No throwing food. No refusing to eat vegetables. It’s a reasonable desire.
Of course most kids do go through phases of eating more or less, phases of liking and refusing certain foods, phases of wanting to make their own food choices and willingly eating whatever you serve. Love it or hate it, that’s life.
I’m thankful that it seems to get easier to handle with each child…at least a little.
But what if your child just won’t eat?
Every. Single. Day?
Emotions turn from annoyance to anxiety. I’ve been there. And I know I’m not alone.
It’s not getting any better.
As allergies are on the rise so are eating struggles. Especially for young children.
Think about it for a minute. If you eat something that upsets your stomach do you feel like eating? Are you a little hesitant to eat that food again?
Now imagine if you are so young you can’t even verbalize how you feel. And your mom tries to feed you the same food over and over (because we’re told to keep trying, eventually they’ll like it) that you know will give you a stomach ache or reflux or even swelling.
What is your solution? Refusal to eat. Period.
Feeding a young child that is developing allergies is an important and sometimes stressful task. As a parent your only feedback is watching for reactions, assuming you even know to look for them! Along the way your child may just stop eating out of fear or because she simply does not feel good.
I have lived this struggle over the past year and a half as my daughter slowly developed more and more allergies.
When we first introduced solids she seemed to enjoy most things she tried. But gradually she started eating less and less until she stopped eating.
We managed to get by for a while because she was nursing full time. But as we approached her first birthday I knew something had to change. A one year old should be eating more than three bites of solid food a day.
This is my third child. I know all the tricks. I tried different flavors and textures. I tried distracting her. I fed her in a chair or while we were playing. Really. I had tried it all.
But she still wouldn’t eat. We hit a low point.
She wasn’t gaining weight. She wasn’t getting enough nourishment.
At thirteen months old I knew I had to change our situation or take her to the doctor.
There is hope even for kids that refuse to eat anything! Want to hear more about how we turned it around?
I’m sharing how I got my one year old to finally eat again. Plus I’ve got a fun recipe for squash “milk” that is perfect for kids with allergies. Even I drink it!
Looking for more? Check out my book Why Won’t My Child Eat?! where I share all of the tips and tricks I’ve learned over the last eight years with three kids each with different feeding challenges. It is possible to turn any child into a good eater and to do it with real, nourishing food.
And don’t forget to download your FREE guide to meal planning and picky eating with two weeks of rotated meals laid out for you! It’s a great way to get started.
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