Don't fret, it normal! Some picky eaters out grow it and others well ...they continue. My son is my picky eater and he is now 13yrs old. I've been down the road and retraced my steps a million times. I have learned somethings ...
1. They will eat what they want when they want it.
2. No kid would purposely starve themselves.
3. This soon shall pass.
1. Keep up with the vitamins.
2. Continue to offer variety.
3. Don't continue to cater to their needs. Make a dinner and if they are hunger we only hope they will eat it.
4. Some kids have texture issues ... my son couldn't stand lumpy type things. Sometimes figuring that out does help.
5. Picky eaters typically have to taste things about 100x before it can become acceptable to eat. I know this sounds crazy but I am not kidding!! Most kids try something just a few times and acquire a taste but not the picky eater. That is why it so important to not give up and continue to offer variety over and over again.
I thought it would be easier as a mom to cave into "his" likes and just feed him watermelon, chicken nuggets, peanut butter, and bread 24/7 at least he was eating and I didn't hear him complaining --- Right? Do you know how tough it is to go out to dinner with a picky eater? It's ok when they are little and you bring their food but when they are 8-9 years, playdates and all --- the kid begins to starve. My point, if they never taste anything else it will only make it harder as they get older. Believe me ... been there.
At the age of 8-9 yrs. old we really tried to put or foot down but I had created a monster and supported the eating habit for too long. We also had a daughter who was know getting old enough to have an opinion about food and I found that my son's pickness would rub off on her.
The solution ... we all ate the same dinner. If you didn't there was yogurt or peanut butter and they could feed themselves. But there was one rule ... you must try a bit of each item on the plate. It was pretty much torture! The whining and complaining, but it definitely helped to open my son eyes to try knew things and he is a better eater. Still doesn't like most fruits and veggies but I do try to stock the ones he does like and he still takes vitamins. He is 13, eats every type of meat now and fish, loves pasta with any type of sauce (which that was unheard of till 12 years old--- butter was the only sauce!).
Be patient, keep trying, don't create the monster but encourage it, and request that they try a little bit. Do it over and over and over every time ... I have a child who eats PEAS! It'll happen, PATIENCE --- do you know an adult who only eats peanut butter and jelly? Deep breath and keep trying.
Also, forgot to mention that kids go through growth cycles and their food intake amount will very during them. Do not be suprised when they begin to reject the very foods they loved. Variety is the key and keep them trying. Of course make "their special meal" every once in a while too --- except EVERYONE eats it. We would have chicken nuggets about once a month to make my son happy. The best thing ever is when they hit puburity (my son s just starting) they are always hungry and you will be SHOCKED at what you can get them to eat and I smile inside when I hear my son say "that wasn't too bad." PATIENCE!! Lot's and lots!! :)