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My son refuses to eat dinner

My 2 1/2 year old son just flat out refuses to eat dinner. He eats cereal for breakfast every morning, usually has fruit and yoghurt for lunch or a ham and cheese plate (he doesn`t particularly like bread), but come dinner time he doesn`t want anything except Wiggles Spaghetti and when you give it to him, he will only eat one or two mouthfuls. I have tried feeding him meat, vegetables, rice, pasta, cous cous, potato, he just turns his nose up at everything. He did drink a lot of juice, which we have now limited to one glass at breakfast. I`m now just at a loss as to how to apprach dinner time. Please help!!!!!!

Answer: Hi there, Has cutting down on the juice helped? Does he also drink much milk or formula? In the meantime of course there are some tips on fussy eating, but bye and large it is a matter of being as clever as you can be with disguising the good stuff, staying relaxed and sitting it out as it will pass (though often not quickly). If find the tips helpful but with my 4 year old they sway him temporarily still worth looking at. I have written a fact sheet on fussy eating on Huggies in the Feeding Baby section (see tip box below and link from the article) and just released a fussy eating book also to help mums. Its really common that fussy eaters have a fairly narrow list of foods they will eat, but sometimes you can offer them these things in slightly different ways which allows you to add in bits disguised, may be smoothies with his favourite fruit plus a load of yoghurt (and then slip in some ground sunflower seeds), you can also freeze them into ice-blocks, try ham and cheese scones (again you can slip in some peeled and grated zucchini (it isn’t detectable), even his cereal you could try ground nuts and seeds (powdered) just a teaspoon or two assuming no allergy issues. And while this stage does pass, to be honest it often takes some time in reality, but it will. In the meantime I think one of the best things you can do is to get the good stuff in anyway possible. One of the best things about doing this is that you can ultimately relax and go with it. They tend to eat better the less you place emphasis on the issue and a happy mum is a happy family. Keep offering him all the good stuff (albeit small amounts) and involving him in food, sometimes they surprise you. Check out the Practical Tips in my first answer at the top of this page too. There is also a book called the Big Mouth Book (web site of same name) that has been having some success with fussy eating. I hope some of this helps. All the best, Leanne
Answered: 01 Nov 2007