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My 2 year old son (turned 2 last month) is on a hunger strike. He has always been a super picky eater, but the last few weeks he will not eat at all. Over the weekend he literally went an entire day without eating anything except water and a single glass of milk. My pediatrician hasn’t been helpful - just says he’ll eat if he gets hungry enough. Any tips? Tricks? Books to read? Having a hangry toddler might be the death of me.

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As a mom of two boys (now teens) I know first hand picky eaters. My oldest was the pickiest eater (he had major texture issues). Some days all he would eat would be crackers or a banana. Then the next day he would eat more. His weight fluctuated, but he was always at or above average. Now as a teenager, he loves food, all different kinds. He used to hate burgers and now it is one of his favorites. A day or two of light eating will not make any significant impact over the long haul, so just hang in there. When there were days when my sin didn’t eat enough, my go to was to make a protein shake (chocolate, banana, peanut butter, milk) it gave him enough to overcome the hangry part, until the next time he was really ready.

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The important thing is not to engage in “food battles” with him. Toddlers are confrontational by nature, and if you’re making it a fight, he will dig his heels in because it gives him a sense of control over something momma can’t force him to do. Offer different choices and let him choose between them so that he feels that it’s his decision. Try new foods very similar in texture to the few items he eats. If it continues, and the pediatrician isn’t helping, I would consider a second opinion at that point. It could be nothing, or a phase, but it could be something more, such as early signs of sensory issues.

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Take the Kids Eat in Color Better Bites course. It’s all about picky eating. https://jenniferanderson.kartra.com/page/enm50

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Her Instagram is great. Lots of good info.

Check out the Feeding Littles toddler course. I fought way too much trying to get my son to eat (he just turned 2) but after the course just let him lead on eating. Some days he hardly eats a thing but the last week, for example, buddy eats more than I do. Toddlers can be trying but seems they know what they need and can self regulate.

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My 2 year old only ate fries and blueberries for a month. He’s fine. They really will eat when hungry. It sounds like you’re just a few weeks into the bad eating. Give him some time.

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We're going through a whole picky eating phase with my 3 year old now. As others mentioned, a few days of picky eating won't hurt and it's always helpful to see how much kids eat over a week rather than a day/meal. Keep an eye on his weight and his general energy level. If the weight drops a significant amount or if he's suddenly lethargic, I would definitely consult your ped again. In my son's case, he lost 3 lbs over a month (~10% of his body weight) so he got recommended to a growth and nutrition program at the children's hospital. His appetite has increased again in the last month or so, so I would say it's definitely helping

Agree with the other advice. Just one more consideration---does he show signs of generalized anxiety? My 9 year old daughter has always been a bad eater, but now that we're getting help with her anxiety, the eating has improved somewhat.

Listen to your pediatrician. If you make a big deal over eating, he'll just fight you more over it. It can cause bigger problems later. Your little one is taking control over what he can, and that's eating. Try letting him pick his shirt (give him 2 shirts and let him point to the one he wants to wear). My oldest would only eat a handful of goldfish a day. It felt like he did that forever, but it stopped. And I didn't push it. Your can also switch the milk or water for pedialyte so you know he's getting nutrients needed.

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