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Old 05-01-2002, 07:55 PM
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Toddler won't eat meat

I know there are a lot of moms here, so I was wondering if anyone else has encountered the same thing that I am. My little girl is 19 months old and by her own choice and tastebuds is vegetarian. My husband and I both eat meat and have tried to get her to eat at least a bit to get some protein, but she immediately spits it out when she tastes it. Its probably not the worst thing in the world, but I am afraid that she may be missing some nutrients found in meat. She loves most fruits and vegetables which is a good thing. I just feel bad when she has a dinner that consists of something like grapes and bananas. I try to think of a variety of things to give her, but it is hard to do without involving meat. She is still drinking a good amount of whole milk, so she is probably getting enough nutrients now, I just worry if this will pose a problem in the future. Any ideas?

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Old 05-02-2002, 05:24 AM
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Hi Jenn! Is she taking a multi-vitamin with iron? I would worry that she isn't getting enough iron. A doctor once told me that the iron in cereals, such as Cheerios, is not very well absorbed by the body.

A friend of mine has a son who doesn't like meat, either. He loves a good salad! My son, on the other hand, loves meat.

I would make sure and not make a big deal of it at the table. Put the meat on her plate, along with all of the other food, and she'll eat what she wants. They seem to know what they need at their various stages of growing.

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Old 05-03-2002, 07:10 AM
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I'm not currently giving her a multi-vitamin, but I guess that is something that I could do to insure she gets anything that she may be lacking by not eating meat. Are childrens' vitamins ok for children of any ages? She is only 19 months.....most medicines and such things give dosages for children 2 and older. I guess it is something that I will have to discuss with her doctor. We mentioned it at her last visit, but the doctor didn't seem too alarmed. Maybe I shouldn't be either!!!
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Old 05-03-2002, 10:09 AM
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My ex and I raised our kids vegetarian (because he was raised vegetarian) and every time I've taken them for well checkups, the doctor always comments on how high their iron level is. He says "are you sure they're vegetarians"?? I worried about this, too, and asked him about multi-vitamins, but he said it just makes expensive pee. That's a quote! She will probably come around to meat as she sees you eating it. You could always sneak it into her food if you make casseroles.....or just put some boullion in something she is eating. We sneak veggies in, why not meat? ;-)
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Old 06-07-2002, 12:33 PM
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As a Mom of five now teens and young adults, I can tell you that there are two types of eaters at this age: those that love meat and those who hate meat. Of course, you have already discovered this! What I found with my kids, and I had some of both types, is that there is no need to worry about it. Give that multi-vitamin, make sure the child is getting protein in other foods, and let the child find the joy of discovering food that they like on their own. A non-meat lover toddler will most likely, as they grow older, begin to eat some types of meats if meat is an option in your household. Most likely this child will not ever turn into a meat lover though. What I found with my non-meat lover toddlers is that they revisited a vegetarian style diet as young teens, in one case with my kids, to retain this diet as an adult. So, don't be surprised if this becomes an issue as a 12 or 13 year old. Good luck.
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Old 06-09-2002, 05:11 PM
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Picky eater

My son is 2 years old and has to be the worlds pickiest eater. He will eat no meats-occasionally I have seen him take a bite out of taco meat from Taco Bell. He hates any vegetables, nothing with tomato products, no fruits other than bananas.
He will only eat, potatoes no matter how they are fixed, breads-any way they are fixed, yogurt, stuffing, mac-n-cheese and that is IT.
I am worried that he is not getting enough nutrients, he will not drink water but he will drink lots of milk...
He is going to the doc this week and I am goign to talk to the doc more about this.
Should I be giving him a multivitamin? Is this something to worry about? The older he gets the less food he will eat and I am very worried-his stool when we change him is like water all the time so he stays red with a really bad rash....
Am I just an over worried mother or should I confront this with the doc?
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Old 06-12-2002, 05:54 AM
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9 year old!!!

My dd is 8 and she has never liked meat! She won't eat any meat whatsoever! But, she will eat veggies and fruit. She's allergic to peanut butter, and doesn't like eggs, so I worry about her getting enough protein.

However, my family, and my hubby's family are both on the big size, and she is in the best shape of us all!!! My older dd is a little on the heavy side, and doesn't like athletics at all. But with our 8 year old, she is always running and playing!

My doctor told me not to worry about her, that she is doing great. So as long as she eats other healthy foods, we don't worry about the meat.

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Old 10-26-2002, 09:03 AM
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blushing 29 month old fussy eater!!

I have a 29 month old ds who is a good eater when he wants to be, but very fussy. His favorite foods one day are not his favorite the next day if you catch what I am saying!! He now will only eat hot dogs for meat and occasionally chicken. He likes peanut butter and cheese so I guess there is some protein there. But now he has cut back alot on his milk. He used to drink 2- 3 cups a day and now sometimes getting one cup in him is a struggle. Any one else going through the same thing? HELP!!!
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Old 10-26-2002, 10:06 AM
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Tannersmom, I wouldn't worry about it. Two-year-olds are fussy eaters. Especially if they're not in a growth spurt. Just keep putting a variety of food on the table, and he'll come around soon. I think at various stages, certain foods just don't taste right to them.

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Old 10-26-2002, 12:47 PM
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Chopping Meat

How about buying a food chopper and chopping the meat so he can chew it better. Can add sauces or vegetable & bake it like patties or sticks. Just bought the ultimate chopper on TV. Can't wait to get it. I like making tuna croquettes with squash grated in it. This is going to make my work a breeze. Sueanne
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