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Teenage fussy eater(3 Posts)
My son is 13 and from around the age of 5, he's become super fussy with regards to food (and drink). He was bottle fed and had reflux problems and I do wonder if that was the trigger.
He's had packed lunch since he was in reception and has exactly the same things now as he had then. I took him to docs and a dietician a few years back and they just told me things I already knew so that wasn't a great help. The doctor said my son's weight/height proportions were OK so didn't seem to bothered. However, I worry about his intake or vitamins etc - is he getting what he needs to grow, learn, etc. I give him a daily multivitamin and try to get as many food groups down his as poss.
These are the foods/drinks he will have regularly. Sounds a lot but it's mostly processed/unhealthy food!
Turkey Dinosaurs, chicken nuggets, chicken in breadcrumbs, Richmond sausages (which are yummy but all bread!), plain baguettes, chips, mini roast potatoes (wouldn't eat mash or jacket potato though), fish fingers (occasionally), Doriano crackers, Ritz crackers, Jacobs crackers/water biscuits with cream cheese on (but wouldn't have cream cheese in a sandwich), bacon, occasional apple/strawberry, crisps (even fussy with crisps - will have salt & vinegar Chipsticks but not s&v Walkers), most sweet snacks (Kit Kat, Twix, Brunch Bars, etc), mini tortilla wraps, the odd plain bagel (toasted, no butter), McDonalds (nuggets, chips, just managed to get to have a plain hamburger), pitta bread (warmed up, no filling), plain pasta with a bit of salt on, tiger rolls (will sometimes had cucumber in it), Yorkshire pudding, rice cakes with chocolate or salt & vinegar rice cakes, orange squash, Mars Milk Drink (if he's in the mood), tea (I put whole milk in it), water, Lucozade when he's playing sport.
I make him the same dinners most days of the week and have done for years, it's so boring! I mostly cook from scratch and he's never eaten anything I've prepared. My daughter is 9 and eats well in comparison, a bit fussy but much more open to trying things. All I ask is that he tries different foods, I don't expect him to like everything. How will he know if he likes it without trying it.
He's at an age now where his friends are beginning to socialise, girls are on the scene and I worry for him. He can't go on a date with a girl and ask for Doriano crackers!
Personally, I'd use the 6 words approach!! Been using it with my fussy boy for years. At 13, it's totally up to him if he wants to go hungry, but he needs to grow up!! He can't always eat the same. My niece is pregnant and her DP won't come for Sunday lunch CIA he only eats his Mums!! Wet immature boy is the way I see him!!
6 words are 'you don't have to eat it!!'
I make one dinner and that's what we eat. I have a fussy eater and I make sure about 2 - 3 of the weeks dinners are things she likes but otherwise she is expected to eat what is there. I don't expect her to love, but she has to atleast try it. She is yet to starve and very slowly is realising it's better just to eat it.
I think the more you cater to his liked foods list the more the problem will develop. I have a cousin who as a child only liked, and so was given, plain pasta with cheese or sausages. This has continued into adulthood and is a complete pain and quite embarrassing for her.
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