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She has a very fine build but her weight is still in the ok range at 11.5kg. Should I be concerned or just let her eat the little amount she is happy with? She is also extremely fussy about the few things that she will eat.

Posted anonymously, 18th November 2014

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  • Try putting a very small amount on her plate. so shes not overwhelmed.
    get her to assist with food prep by pulling out capsicum seeds. breaking up banana. feel it. smell it. in small ways. have a picnic and dit with her..are you over her? looming with food? try sitting on a rug and sharing a banana or a sandwich half each.

  • stages not ages with kids – my son was always on the lowest percentile in growth. he loved mashed veges, a little meat and milk. I never gave him juice soft drink or many sweets. he would not and still will not eat fruit. my son is now a very big 24yo. 6’4″ and 110kg. He was just not food motivated. Relax love her and maybe involve her in preparing meals, she may eat them then, it worked for me xxx Oh, dips and batons of veges work great too.. Just keep it simple and love the funny 2yo age All the best

  • She should be fine :) Just try to give her healthy things when she does eat :)

  • As long as she is not loosing weight and showing healthy growth signs, I would let her eat the amount she wants.
    Toddlers are very fussy and a good trick for getting them to try new food is cutting up a big plate of fruit, veggies, cheese, crackers etc.. And just putting it on table, offer her some and then just letting her approach it herself. If she sees you snacking at it she may want some.

  • Nope, no worries. Kids won’t starve themselves, she’ll eat when she’s hungry

  • pretty normal for toddlers. could you give formula/or multi vits?

  • My 3 year old loves breakfast and lunch but will very rarely eat an evening meal when she is tired. I try to make sure she has a good snack in the afternoon and try to give her small amounts in the evening that she can pick at when she wants (ham, cheese etc …)

  • My 3 year old loves breakfast and lunch but will very rarely eat an evening meal when she is tired. I try to make sure she has a good snack in the afternoon and try to give her small amounts in the evening that she can pick at when she wants (ham, chesse etc …)

  • Your daughter may suddenly start eating more when she has a “growth spurt” (suddenly grows quickly). It seemed as though our little one ate non stop then and his clothes were suddenly shorter on him. Others who don’t see him all the time noticed the difference too.

  • Just let her keep eating however much she wants. She will eat more when she is ready. As long as she is not losing weight she should be fine.

  • My 2 younger kids have always been on the lower percentile of the weight range but i was not and am not concerned as they are still gaining weight not loosing it!
    My daughter is only 10 months old and is a smaller baby but she seems to love food so i’m not at all worried!
    My 3 1/2 year old generally eats like a baby bird and has since he was about 1-1/2 – 2 years old however he has started eating a lot more now which is great, he is forever asking me for food. I wouldn’t be concerned :-)

  • Maybe get her to graze through the day ensuring vegies etc are in the diet. Maybe make smoothies for her in between? If you are really concerned off to the GP, you have the mothers instinct so go by that..good luck

  • Stop stressing – children will never starve and they seem to innately know what they need. My daughter at about that age would eat nothing but granny smith apples, so we bought them by the barrow load and she would eat 6 or 8 a day. Then suddenly she decided she would eat anything and everything and she never looked back. Nagging her to eat anything else would have only caused stress for her and for her siblings as she was extremely strong willed.

  • My 2yr old is the same they will never starve themselves, he will pick here and there I have kept him on toddler formula to keep him getting all nutrition if he’s missing any by picking and choosing to eat somethings and not other things, don’t stress too much unless you notice a change in weight and behaviour and health.

  • No don’t worrie if she’s not go stave if she’s hungry she will eat

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