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1 year old not eating

Anyone have any experience with a toddler (1 year old) refusing to eat food?

He will only eat bread and yoghurt and drink from a bottle everything else is a no go.

We have visited a nutritionist but they dont offer much help as it may be more behaviourable.

Can anyone recommend someone to help as it effects other things now like sleep etc
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Old 20.10.2021, 15:45
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Re: 1 year old not eating

I am sure that must be very worrying and difficult to deal with. I can't offer much help other than suggest you contact your pediatrician and see what is suggested, assuming you haven't already done so. I found my pediatrician was really helpful with every aspect of my children's health.
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Old 20.10.2021, 16:14
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Re: 1 year old not eating

Physiological anorexia is actually pretty common. Right around age 1, babies start to slow down their weight gain. They just aren't as hungry as before, requiring fewer calories than in the first year of explosive weight-gain.

Limiting snacks and reducing intake of fruit juice (loaded with sugar calories!) and milk (filling and loaded with fat calories!) may make meals more appetising to them. As long as they still have the same activity levels, you are probably OK. Just don't force them to eat.

Good luck...unless there is something drastically wrong, it's just a phase.
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Re: 1 year old not eating

My daughter totally refused the bottle, pacifiers or any form of solid baby / toddler food until she was 18 months. I tried everything - and nowadays there are so many good links on-line.

After 18 months, I decided to remove my breasts totally from the equation. Partner went to stay with the grandparents for about 4 days (that was very hard for me).

At first, she tried to breastfeed from him - very quickly realized it was pointless - and then was having such a good time exploring this new World all without Mummy for the very first time, she very quickly naturally switched first to bottle feeds (only for the first day), and then appropriate solids.

By the time she returned home 4 days later, she was not only just as happy as when she left, but never even considered trying to breast feed again! But anyhow, it’s really nothing to worry about usually - every child is different, and there is so much info on the Net.

But agree that if you do start to get worried, or if it starts to get you down, then your pediatrician will usually be happy to discuss it with you.
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Old 20.10.2021, 16:33
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Re: 1 year old not eating

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Anyone have any experience with a toddler (1 year old) refusing to eat food?

He will only eat bread and yoghurt and drink from a bottle everything else is a no go.

We have visited a nutritionist but they dont offer much help as it may be more behaviourable.

Can anyone recommend someone to help as it effects other things now like sleep etc
We made good experiences with baby led weaning with our second child. Provide a variety of food for the toddler too choose from and trust the childs instincts. Maybe he just needs bread (carbs) and yoghurt (source of calcium) at this stage of his development.
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He will only eat bread and yoghurt and drink from a bottle everything else is a no go.
What kind of bread? Is the yoghurt fruited and sugared? What's in the bottle? I'm assuming milk, but...

Anyway... so long as they're not losing weight, have their usual energy levels and are hitting their developmental levels, there's nothing to worry about.
  • Don't make meals a battleground.
  • Do eat with your child, and eat a variety of food - curiosity may overcome his conservatism.
  • Don't give them stuff loaded with sugar - avoid fruit juices

My granddaughter is 18 months old and still drinks a lot of milk. Mind you she will eat an entire bratwurst with delight - starting in the middle.
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Re: 1 year old not eating

Providing there’s nothing physically wrong with your child (to be confirmed by the pediatrician) he will NOT let himself starve to death.

If you provide him with healthy and nutritious options, and he refuses them, you can simply say “OK, no worries, you’ll eat when you’re hungry!” and switch activity.

If you systematically cave in and give him what he prefers (apparently bread and yoghurt), you’re not really giving him the right message. And if you look obviously worried, it might encourage him to go on with the battle. He’s getting a reaction after all, which is very interesting to a toddler!

I know it looks easier said than done, but children build their own personality by testing their limits with you: food, potty training and later homework are all potential sources of conflicts and worries that are better defused early on.

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Old 21.10.2021, 11:44
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Re: 1 year old not eating

Try some porridge
https://www.swissmilk.ch/de/rezepte-...E_47/porridge/
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Re: 1 year old not eating

AFAIK toddlers who used to eat everything and now, effectively self select, are following an evolutionary pattern. Folk used to limit what they ate to the stuff they knew for certain to be safe... just the one type of berry etc.

Both my kids did/do this and it's absolutely worrying and frustrating as duck. However... the more stressed you get, the more stressed (or empowered) they get. Put the food out. Let the kid pick at it/push it away. They should eventually come back around.

My eldest went through a phase of only eating fishcakes, peas and toast. She'll now tackle a lot of things. It was always understood that if she didn't eat her dinner then the options were banana or toast (I was never going to let her go hungry).

Littlest Rufus will now pretty much eat only sausage, cheese, fruit and bread. We keep putting other stuff out and occasionally she tries it. Interestingly, if it's on my plate, it's far more palatable! She will eat everything she gets for tea at nursery...
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Re: 1 year old not eating

My son was very similar and I did breast feed him until he was 15 months.

All he would eat was mashed potato and cheese and despite my efforts of trying to tempt him and so many visits to the Dr this continued for a long time. Interestingly he was diagnosed with dyspraxia as when he grew older his speech was very poor she received lots of speech therapy so there could have been a link with his mouth coordination.

Please don't worry - fast forward 33 years - my son is now a 6 foot 3 inches picture of health - who thinks nothing of cycling up to 75 miles a day and now eats everything!
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Re: 1 year old not eating

I can reply only as a parent, and with what my father (a pediatrician) told me when our children would not eat.

Assuming the child has been checked out for other sickness. Do not worry. The child will eat when hungry. My Dad also said to never offer something else to eat, but I found that unreasonable; so I always offered some kind of fruit.

In my experience, it was a phase that both my kids went through. my son it only lasted a couple of weeks. With my daughter it lasted almost a year.
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Re: 1 year old not eating

You could try involving your child in all stages of food preparation. Talking to the child when shopping for fruit and veg, letting the child smell herbs and spices and allowing him/her to "help" with cooking, for example.

One of my sons (aged about 11) invited a school friend for a sleepover and decided to cook him enchiladas. He did the shopping and they both prepared dinner. When I next saw the other boy's Mum at school, she said she had a bone to pick with me. Apparently, the whole family had been forced to eat enchiladas for a couple of weeks.

My sons are adults now. They've never been picky with food and they are both excellent cooks. I am convinced that involving my sons as much as possible in the process helped.
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Anyone have any experience with a toddler (1 year old) refusing to eat food?

He will only eat bread and yoghurt and drink from a bottle everything else is a no go.

We have visited a nutritionist but they dont offer much help as it may be more behaviourable.

Can anyone recommend someone to help as it effects other things now like sleep etc
Unfortunately I don't know anyone specialised in exactly this issue for toddlers, but speaking from experience and general knowledge the vast majority of kids this young are extremely picky eaters and very, very stubborn.... They tend to stick to whatever food they found eatable in terms of taste, smell, texture and are very reluctant to try new things ...my advice is to eat with him, really, the same food. He must see you "enjoy" it too. Be patient, try over and over again and let him make a mess, he should be allowed to touch and smash the food, to literally experience his food.
I didn't worry too much when mine were 1 y.o. if they did eat something, milk, yogurt, purees, anything. With the youngest one was easy but the eldest daughter was extremely stubborn, she would effectively bit me at any game I would play....omg, I laugh now because she is still picky but it's much, much better than when she was a toddler...
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Unfortunately I don't know anyone specialised in exactly this issue for toddlers, but speaking from experience and general knowledge the vast majority of kids this young are extremely picky eaters and very, very stubborn.... They tend to stick to whatever food they found eatable in terms of taste, smell, texture and are very reluctant to try new things ...my advice is to eat with him, really, the same food. He must see you "enjoy" it too. Be patient, try over and over again and let him make a mess, he should be allowed to touch and smash the food, to literally experience his food.
I didn't worry too much when mine were 1 y.o. if they did eat something, milk, yogurt, purees, anything. With the youngest one was easy but the eldest daughter was extremely stubborn, she would effectively bit me at any game I would play....omg, I laugh now because she is still picky but it's much, much better than when she was a toddler...
Yup, mine remained picky. Went then through a phase in her 20’s when she experimented with fish, but shell fish forget it. Is now flexitarian (but mostly vegan) - age nearly 28.
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Re: 1 year old not eating

1. Has the paediatrician done a checkup and given their advice ?
2. Has the child had a blood test to check for deficiencies?

3. is the child actually under or over weight?
4. Does the child have any other medical, home or developmental concerns ?

5. Is this your first child ?
6. How many bottles per day are they consuming, and what is in the bottles ?



And yes, there is a specialist feeding clinic at the children's hospital (kinderspital) - I would suggest asking for a referral if you are highly anxious, if either parents have disordered eating behaviours or medical issues (obesity, anorexia, anxiety, limited 'fussy' eating, allergies, vegan, limited dietary habits).



Basically, at this age, from 12 months onwards, the child is 'able' to eat the food the parents are eating, generally it is advised that these are 'healthy family foods' and lower in added sugar and salt than typically what we adults eat.... Eating meals together and allowing the child to explore everything is a great start.... and also can be very very messy- are you also stressed about messy eating ?



If you want more specific professional advice, I'm happy to talk via PM...
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