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Our 2.5 year old has become a very picky eater. We're thinking about a multivitamin. Should they be liquid or gummy, and should they contain iron?

Our 2.5 year old has become a very picky eater. We're thinking about a multivitamin. Should they be liquid or gummy, and should they contain iron?

Gummy with iron: It's not unusual for finicky eating patterns at this stage in a child's developement. Your idea to supplement with an iron-containing multivitamin is a very good one, since iron deficiency anemia is a significant problem for this age group. Children usually better tolerate the gummy form vs. The liquid forms of multivitamins. ...Read more

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Dr. Christine Wood
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Picky Eater (Definition)

A picky eater is a person who will only eat a few varieties of food or drink. He usually picks out the "undesirable" items from his plate and put them aside, only eating the other items he likes. A very picky eater usually will ...Read more


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Best diet for a very picky eater? 5yo girl on mvi (multivitamin)

Best diet for a very picky eater? 5yo girl on mvi (multivitamin)

Pick well: Try to include healthy foods in your limited menu. Add condiments or sauces that you like to foods you may not like. Try to taste one new food each week. Vitamins are only part of a healthy diet, so supplements may be partially helpful. Nutritional supplements such as ensure may also be used. Check with your doctor for help, & possible referral to a nutrionist. ...Read more

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How do I get my 2 year old son to eat, he is a picky eater!?

How do I get my 2 year old son to eat, he is a picky eater!?

Picky eaters: Picky eating habits will drive most parents crazy. At 2 yr the grow rate has slowed to ~5lb/3inch/yr which is much slower than earlier. Feeding matches need. Most feed well 4 days a month & nibble the rest. Single item days are common (breads, veggies, etc) & a balanced week is more common than a balanced meal. If you only offer nutritious choices, they'll get what they need. Discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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My 2 year old is a very picky eater. Will this affect his growth?

My 2 year old is a very picky eater. Will this affect his growth?

Unlikely: A natural drop in feeding happens as growth slows from a 14lb/10in/yr in 1st yr to a 5lb/4inch/yr in 2nd. They also drive you crazy with their food selections. I expect todlers to feed well about 4-5 days a month, grazing & picky for the rest. Vitamins are ok if you want but most do well without. I like liquid vits at that age, not the candy vits. Todlers may find & ingest adult look alike meds. ...Read more

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My 2 year old is very picky eater. How do I make sure he's getting enough food?

My 2 year old is very picky eater. How do I make sure he's getting enough food?

Is he growing: At that age i expect a kid to eat well 3-5 days a month and nibble the rest.This follows a reduction in growth rate from 14 lb/yr ; 10 in/yr to 4 lb and 3 in/yr. If his intake sustains normal activities for age and his growth is stable (checkups), it is likely fine.Try not to be seduced into offering junk food as his intake/d will stop when his internal monitor says to. ...Read more

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My 11 year old daughter is super picky eater what can I make her that she will eat?

My 11 year old daughter is super picky eater what can I make her that she will eat?

Keep trying: It can take at least 10 exposures to a new food before a child will begin to like a new food. Request that your daughter try a pea-sized amount of whatever food it is you want her to begin eating. Do not make special meals just for her - offer her the same healthy food you offer the rest of the family. ...Read more

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My 4 year old daughter is skinny and picky eater what kind calroie rich and nutritious food s should be given to her?

Picky eating: Is a way that a child tries to control you. 1. Ask if she wants the food, if she doesn't, put it in the fridge and warm it for the next meal. 2. If she takes it and fools around with it, ask her "do you want it? If no tell her not to take food that she doesn't want and put it in the fridge for the next meal. 3. Do not substitute. You have to be "cruel to be kind"! ...Read more

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My 2 year old Son-shine is 28lbs and 34 inches tall but a picky eater. I supplement his diet with Pediasure daily.Is his weight normal?

My 2 year old Son-shine is 28lbs and 34 inches tall but a picky eater. I supplement his diet with Pediasure daily.Is his weight normal?

50/50: This is about 50% percentile for height and 50% for weight, just fine. He is average and not at all underweight. Thanks for taking such an active role in his health! ...Read more

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Why does my 2 year old farts smell so bad. She is a very picky eater and eats the same thing almost everyday but no vegetables. Is something wrong?

Why does my 2 year old farts smell so bad. She is a very picky eater and eats the same thing almost everyday but no vegetables. Is something wrong?

You'd have to see : her pediatrician for a check-up to know for sure, but if she has no other GI symptoms, she's probably okay. At family sit-down meals, offer fruits, vegetables, whole grains & beans. Model eating them; don't nudge. Limit milk to 16 oz./day in open-mouth cups only with meals. Offer water only for thirst, in open-mouth cups. Read " How To Get Your Kid To Eat But Not Too Much" by Ellyn Satter. ...Read more

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My 6 year old child is a picky eater. What kind of vitamins can I give her to make up for nutrients she's not taking in?

My 6 year old child is a picky eater. What kind of vitamins can I give her to make up for nutrients she's not taking in?

Cheap ones: Kids are likely to become iron and vitamin d deficient nowadays (lifestyles as much as "picky eating"). Different things taste different to people. An inexpensive drugstore-chain vitamin-and-mineral supplement with sufficient levels of both should cover junior and prevent turning mealtime (which should be joyful) into a time that makes being a parent and a kid even more difficult. Good luck. ...Read more