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a cheering story for parents of fussy eatrs

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ImNotInterestedInYourKids Fri 28-Sep-07 09:30:53

afetr two weeks int he land of steak frites dssnsees ds2(onfussy) eating steak

this is the boy who hates real meat( aart rom baconand lightly fried chicken strips) hates roast meals etcetc

sees ds2s steak.....

"that looks nice"

tries it
has had his first sirloin steak, thin cut, grill panned

FANTASITC! next stp roast beef. have nticed that this seems to be the way he starts wiht new food - he saw ds2 eatingan omeltte once at John lewis( now the dream job - being hte omleett man JL) nd then seems to want to ty it

I STILL maintian that he will LOVE food wen he is older as he has a relaly pronounced snese of taste

law3 Fri 28-Sep-07 09:45:13

thats good news, how old is he?

My ds 3.6 eats dry bread, yoghurts, cereal, smiley faces and thats all he has eaten for the last 2.6 years, how much longer will i have to wait!?!?!?

ImNotInterestedInYourKids Fri 28-Sep-07 09:45:21


ImNotInterestedInYourKids Fri 28-Sep-07 09:46:20

he is9
he isnt as bad as some kdis i know that but i am bored of ti all.

your kid sounds severe! id not buy smiley faces tbh

flatmouse Fri 28-Sep-07 09:51:30

Having had DS who would eat/try anything (was eating squid on holiday and Loves prawns/smoked salmon/all veg), DD has been a shock.

I always thought it was down to the parents - well i guess i learnt! (That'll teach me to be smug).

She is getting better - she is a slow eater which doesn't help and the slightest thing "wrong" and she won't eat at all.

However on holiday when she saw the fun DS, myself and DH were having shelling and eating prawns - she had a go. And she tried one. Then she took another.....

There is hope! (She's 4 btw)

ImNotInterestedInYourKids Fri 28-Sep-07 09:54:05

oh thats intersting flatty
yes ds1 the same - alhtough as a baby/toddler was better. Its just hte wya they are imo.

ds2 will eat most thigns btu nO to fruit ont he whole

tracyk Fri 28-Sep-07 09:58:28

I have found salvation in hoisin sauce. ds will eat salmon, chicken, pork anything really with a little hoisin sauce over it and/or wrapped in a chinese pancake or with noodles. He has his own chop sticks which he just loves (although he just stabs his food with them. He's 3.5.
Also scrambled eggs - pretending to be the japanese chef - who throws the egg at your open mouth.
Maybe the novelty will wear off - going with it for now.

law3 Fri 28-Sep-07 09:59:18

iniyk - love the name by the way. ive tried stopping all the food he does eat on the advice of a 'specialist' and he just didnt eat anything for about 3 weeks, weight dropped off him, 'specialist' then decided i should let him eat what he wants to and he would grow out of it, im still waiting!!!!

ImNotInterestedInYourKids Fri 28-Sep-07 10:00:44

yes i think the eg of cousins and older kids is good too

yes ds1 started on griddled chicken breast afetr i had whacked it htin( so tender and not too much chewing) wiht soy honet and somehting else - cant rememer what

so its all balck and sweet

soy he likes

ImNotInterestedInYourKids Fri 28-Sep-07 10:01:15

aslo thin stirps of chikcken duipped in egg and breadcrums and freid fast.

goes for that

but bacon he adores

Mercy Fri 28-Sep-07 10:03:27

Great news!

My ds also started eating properly about a month ago I think. He barely ate anything for 2 years - he's now 3.7

He won't really try anything new but I am very happy with the quantity atm.

I'm so relieved.

ImNotInterestedInYourKids Fri 28-Sep-07 10:04:01

yes we noiced ds is less skeletal recnetly too

tracyk Fri 28-Sep-07 10:04:39

Strnagely black pudding and haggis are sometimes favourites too.

tortoiseSHELL Fri 28-Sep-07 10:05:31

Definitely the way they're made - ds1 - ultra fussy, dd the ultimate eater - eats ABSOLUTELY everything. Ds2 - in between.

That's great about the steak - gives me a little hope for ds1. He is 6, and up until a month or so ago would eat;
Cereal - cheerios/rice krispies/shreddies
Toast - with chocolate spread/lemon curd/melted cheese/marmite
Bread - plain, or made into sandwiches using above fillings
Fruit - grapes/fruit smoothies
Vegetables - peas/baked beans
Pasta - plain, no sauce
Rice - plain
Meat - fish fingers
Snacks - jammie dodgers, plain biscuits
Sweets - chocolate buttons, smarties

And that really was it. So main meals were VERY limited. No meat, apart from fish fingers, but no veg either apart from peas. SO we had lots and lots of meals of fishfingers, pasta, peas ,or fishfingers, rice, peas etc, beans on toast, cheese on toast etc.

HOWEVER we have had a little bit of a break through - he will now tolerate bolognese sauce on his plate, and will eat cheese sauce!!!! Which opens up things like macaroni cheese (which he pronounced delicious), lasagne etc. He too is a very strong taster, and complains of the smell of things. It really isn't anything I did, I don't pander to him at all. He also had a problem eating foods that were too 'complicated' - so pizzas are out, because it is bread, tomato sauce, cheese, other things - too much mixed together.

ImNotInterestedInYourKids Fri 28-Sep-07 10:06:17

torty my kid has never been fussy on sweets!!! thats IS ODD!!

Mercy Fri 28-Sep-07 10:06:33

ds is slightly chubby if anything. dd eats like a horse and is skeletal (at school and a different temperament which is factor imo)

TheArmadillo Fri 28-Sep-07 10:06:34

ds has always been a fussy eater - but is very extreme in that he's never really liked eating (drinking on the other hand he never stops), but that's due to a very painful stomach from young age.

Am wondering about the very sensitive taste thing. Ds has a very sensitive sense of taste, as does my mum. He won't eat meat/fish but loves fruit and veg.

I was a fussy eater as child and I remember refusing to eat things like sausages as they were too strong tasting. WOndering if it's linked.

It is a cheering story - am oping peer pressure will improve ds when he gets older (is only little atm).

TheArmadillo Fri 28-Sep-07 10:07:32

ds doesn't like food that is mixed or has sauce on it - too many flavours at once I think. He'll eat all the ingrediants seperately though.

ImNotInterestedInYourKids Fri 28-Sep-07 10:07:38

i get used to it tbh alhto have aims to reinstate a plain chicken casserole soon.

also want him to eat baked potatoes.

ImNotInterestedInYourKids Fri 28-Sep-07 10:08:31

for the hyper tastes try a plain omlette

nice na buttery

tortoiseSHELL Fri 28-Sep-07 10:09:04

I was glad that ds1 was fussy about sweets/cakes/biscuits etc because it proved to me (in the light of friends without children telling me it was because I 'let him get away with it' and 'no child will starve themself' angry) that he really was fussy, as he would rather go without a sweet or a biscuit than have one he didn't like.

The 'no child will starve themself' adage REALLY bugs me, ds1 used to get to the point of being sick through hunger - how far do you let them starve themselves? Till they are hospitalised? I honestly think that no-one who hasn't had an ultra fussy child should comment on the extremely fussy children - they are just made that way.

tortoiseSHELL Fri 28-Sep-07 10:10:25

Ds1 wouldn't eat omlette because of the texture - he likes dry foods, like bread. He does now like pancakes, which is great because it means he gets a bit of egg. He is definitely expanding his tastes atm.

ImNotInterestedInYourKids Fri 28-Sep-07 10:10:25

you dont mind it till you see pitying looks fom other parents at family get togethers...

then i get all chippy

ImNotInterestedInYourKids Fri 28-Sep-07 10:11:09

ah we went from pancakes to those little shop bouhgt ones fo breakfast( altho breakfast not an issue)

to.................. yorkshire puddings( eplained ingredients are the same)

TheArmadillo Fri 28-Sep-07 10:12:43

the 'no child will starve themselve' makes me go angry too.

Ds for a long time was not interested in food at all. HE didn't like to eat. He would go days without eating adn when he did it could be as little as 1/2 piece of toast a day.

He is now very interested in buying/cooking/playing with food but not in eating it, though much better at eating now. At least two meals a day, sometimes 3. Which is fantastic from my point of view.

And yes children sometimes do get hospitalised from a refusal to eat.

Ds has never had much interest in sweets. Chocolate he likes, but if he's not in a mood to eat he wouldn't give in for chocolate/biscuits etc.

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