2 Year Not Eating at All

Updated on December 19, 2016
S.C. asks from Cypress, TX
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My daughter is 26 month old, and 20 pounds . she not at all intersted in eating. i keep try to offer her differnt kind of food. even not health food even thorugh she keep rejecting everytime. Please suggest me what should i do or give me list which 2years old like to eat.

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answers from Santa Fe on

How long has this been going on? What does the pediatrician say? Does she drink a lot of milk? Is she a 2 year old who still takes a bottle? My son would easily fill up on milk at that age and then not want food.

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answers from Boston on

Is she still on a bottle? If she's getting too much milk that way, she's not getting a balanced diet but she may feel fairly full.

Did she eat solid foods at one time, but doesn't anymore? Or has she never eaten chewable foods? Does she eat pureed baby food? I know she should be off those by now, but I'm wondering if you are saying it's a texture problem vs. a total food aversion.

If she's not getting anything, you need to see the doctor right away. Give her lots of water to prevent dehydration, and call the doctor. Some kids have issues with textures, swallowing and more - it can be ongoing, or related to a mouth or throat problem, or a lower digestive issue, that just cropped up. Either way, you need help from the professional who knows your child the best and who can rule out any medical problems. Call the doctor's office and at least talk to the nurse today.

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answers from Miami on

Get yourself to the ped. If she truly isn't eating, you could get in trouble with child services if you put off getting help.

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answers from Springfield on

Talk to your pediatrician. You want to make sure your rule out the possibility of any heath concerns. Weight alone does not give a complete picture. Your doctor can determine whether or not there is the possibility of underlying heath concerns.

Toddlers don't always eat. They don't. Some days it can seem as though they are existing purely on the air they breath. Make sure she drinks plenty of fluids and just keep offering her healthy food. Let her eat what she wants, and try not to worry about it. Don't offer her junk food. Just keep offering healthy foods. Let her eat what she eats.

But do talk to your doctor. It is very important that your doctor consider whether or not there are underlying health concerns.

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answers from Portland on

That's pretty little - I agree with the other moms, best to have a check up to make sure that she's otherwise healthy.

My little ones always liked yogurt, applesauce, cereal (I'd even try baby cereal at this point), pancakes cut up very small, cut up bananas, and by that age, they were having apples, etc. My kids were fussy eaters - they ate those. Little cubes of bread ..

Mine ate meat too (I had a grinder when they were very small), but small and cubed. Mine ate cooked eggs.

Was she eating before and has lost interest? Was she able to eat solids (did you start early enough)?

These are all good things to go over with pediatrician.

My recommendation would be to cut back on drinks at mealtimes so she's good and hungry.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

I usually try to avoid giving this response but... what does the pediatrician say? At this point, she's pretty low on the weight scale - most babies hit 20 pounds between 12 and 18 months (if not sooner), and your daughter is more than 2 years old.

I'm pretty laid back about making toddlers eat, but your daughter's weight is a red flag. I think you need a doctor's advice. (if there is something medical underlying this, like she was a preemie, then the weight might not be a red flag but the medical issue would be all the more reason to work with a doctor, not moms on the internet)

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answers from Los Angeles on

How long has this been going on? Go see the pediatrician and try to figure out the cause. It's hard to give suggestions not knowing what could be the cause.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

I would definitely ask her pediatric dentist of he/she sees any issues. My granddaughter has Geographic Tongue. She tastes food completely differently that we do. She gets huge splotchy spots on her tongue where the taste buds....well, I'll share some photos of similar patches.

The taste buds on her tongue just don't work like ours do. She can touch food to her tongue and start gagging and retching. It can be food she loved last week too. She was a horrible eater for years. She's getting better now but still, if it doesn't taste good I don't even try and make her take a bite. I got tired of being the dictator at meals then having to clean up puke.

Another grandchild had to have his tongue clipped. It wasn't too short or anything but it was rather...stiff? Moving food around in his mouth took extra work so he didn't like some foods. Like mashed potatoes, they are thicker/denser and took work to move from side to side. So his pediatric dentist clipped his tongue and he started eating a lot better.

Once a medical issue is ruled out then your pediatrician might want to send you guys to a nutritionist. They can write a prescription for supplements/drinks that could help her gain weight.


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answers from Washington DC on

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answers from Washington DC on

if she's actually not eating at all, she needs to go into the hospital and have a feeding tube inserted.

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answers from Houston on

Have you talked to the pedi? What does he/she say? That is where you should start.

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