Battle over breakfast.
Created by Updated on Nov 05, 2012
My 3. 5 year old daughter was a very fussy eater until recently. She eats her meals reasonably well now but does not want to eat breakfast at any cost! I have tried making a variety of food from pancakes, to cereals, to porridge, to bread and eggs and idlis... but she will just not eat and can sit with a mouthfull for upto one hour! I have tried giving her only a banana, but that too, in vain. All she has is a glass of milk with Pediasure and gets really hungry after school (she is home at lunchtime). Should I wait for her to develop an appetite with time/age or should I keep trying to feed her a few spoons to get her used to the idea of eating breakfast before school? I dont like to force-feed her.. but am also told by some people that I am compromising on her health by not trying to get her to eat in the mornings. I am quite confused here..
| Nov 06, 2012
Hi Bhavna. Having breakfast has always been a problem for her. There are usually no issues when she has her lunch or dinner, but somehow she doesn't seem to have an appetite in the mornings and sometimes just throws up whatever she eats! The only thing shes happy to have is her milk.. but Im not sure if that is enough..
| Nov 08, 2012
I can understand your problem Arunima- the feeling that Ive tried everything possible and yet she does not eat. I have faced this with my daughter for a long time. Now she is 5 and usually takes milk, 2 eggs and one banana (sometimes) in the morning. I send her a tiffin box with snack items like nuts, biscuits, chips or cheese for her break time, if she gets hungry. Hopefully your daughter will come out of this phase, till then all you can do is try. What worked for my daughter is this: to feed her eggs I made bulls-eye and used to tell her this is the 'sun', and she has to eat up the 'sunshine'... she found that plausible and slowly, gained a taste for eggs. Banana I started with her telling her this is Chhota Bheems favourite food (which worked). If she is mamma's girl or daddy's girl, you can even try to tell her that apple/ whatever else you are trying to feed her, is your or your husbands favourite food. Usually kids love to do what parents do, and my daughter is ready to try food which I say is my favourtie.
| Nov 08, 2012
Thank you for sharing your experience Payal. I have tried the tactics of feeding her the sun too :) But the smell of eggs in the mornings, makes her gag! I hope too that she grows out of this phase and starts enjoying her breakfast. Till then, my task is to keep trying :) Thanks again!
| Nov 15, 2012
hey anurima , some children are just not morning eaters.... and its ok , as long as they get their energy foods and nutritious things throughout the day . it helps to start her on some natural things that will boost her hunger ... when i was faced with the similar problem i had started giving my daughter 1 tsp of gooseberry ( aamla) juice early morning first thing. This helped any kind of gaseous formations in her stomach to settle down ( she would feel full despite not having eaten much ) and her digestion improved so she would get up hungry in the morning.... but as my mum used to say every year there comes a time in the child's life that s/he will become fussy , its the stars changing( i would ofcourse, smile and not believe).... to each his own ....she still is not a morning eater and has small portions of various things over the entire morning and i just let her be... she is happy and that makes me happy
| Nov 20, 2012
Hey arunima , I too am sailing in the same boat like u... my son is very much ok wid milk n pedicure but not nething else... analysing it deeply , I think pediasure keeps the tummy very much filled up so they don't want nething else... so I try gto ive chocolate milk post his meal only!
| Nov 21, 2012
Hi Richa. Thanks for sharing your experience. I too give her milk only after meals, but since she does not eat breakfast at all, its only milk for her in the mornings. Please keep me posted on any developments in this regard.. If it works for your son, I will give it a shot too :) By the way, my daughter's name is Richa as well :)