I need food help!!!

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Ok, so my son Keegan just turned 1. So far he is only allergic to peanuts. He only weighs 19lbs and is a picky eater. I need help with food, especially now that he is on Vit D milk and not getting all those calories from formula. He's not too keen on milk. Today he only drank 18 oz of it. I feel like he needs to eat better and expand his diet. I've been a paranoid mom about his PA. He still only eats 2nd and 3rd Gerber foods and Gerber graduates. He also eats Gerber Fruit puffs and wagon wheels and for breakfast he eats Gerber Graduates mixed fruit cereal. He'll eat real banannas and sweet potatoes. He won't eat cooked carrots. I've tried giving him cut up peices of beef hotdogs and he won't even open his mouth. I'd really like to try to give him new lunch, dinner and finger food items. What can I give a picky eater??? What does/did your child eat at age 1? I need cooked food ideas and easy on the go snack food ideas. Please help! I want to make sure he is getting all the nutrition and calories he needs. Thanks!!! Julie

On Jun 22, 2006

Some of the things I used to feed DS around that age -- also very picky -- were cookies with zucchini or carrot cooked into them. If you finely grate them you'd never know. I also made sweet potato muffins, and some muffins using raisin bran & carrot. If you are not trying to avoid dairy, I also have made corn muffins with corn kernals and cheese -- and depending on if I wanted to pass them off as dinner, some cut up hot dog too.

I basically just tried to hide the veggies & healthy stuff in cookies, muffins, and breads (like zucchini bread). I think all of those are definitely on the go foods too -- especially if you make mini-muffins. Oh, and I have never been above throwing in a few chocolate chips to make things more appealing!

On Jun 22, 2006

julie, the muffin ideas above are great. and if you are worried about calcium intake (i am because my little one is allergic to dairy as well), i use a calcium powder (dairy and nut free) that you can put into the muffin recipe and it bakes just fine.

we, of course, relied on the usual cheerios for finger food. mott's healthy harvest applesauce is always a good one for on-the-go (no sugar added!). i started mine off on fresh fruits galore at this age -- super ripe peaches and pears cut up are not only sweet, but soft for them to chew at this stage.

as far as meat...my dd didn't really take to meat at this age until i tried some jennie-o turkey sausage breakfast links. 3 years later she is still gobbling (no pun intended) them up. they are a mild tasting sausage and low in fat. we not only fed them to her (diced up) for breakfast, but would combine them with pasta and finely chopped up cooked broccoli for dinner -- then the broccoli would disappear as well!

i'll post more if i think of anything else.

On Jun 22, 2006

Oh, you know the other thing I thought of, at that point we were vegetarian, so we were eating lots of Morningstar stuff. DS loved the mini corndogs (I'd cut them up into small pieces so he could eat them), the veggie sausages with a bit of syrup on the side to dip them in and also their fake chicken nuggets (again, cut into small pieces with ketchup to dip it in). It is a good source of protein, and if yours turns their nose up at meat, try a meat substitute right?

We only stopped using them due to eggs (2nd DS came along and is allergic to them).

On Jun 22, 2006

I always worried about calories with ds who was a 2lb 7oz preemie. Although he ate well, much of what we ate was relatively low cal. I always added a bit of olive oil to his meals (mostly meat, veggies and rice or something) and relied a lot on Yo Baby yogurt and shakes. They still eat a ton of Stonyfield stuff, I freeze the squeeze yogurts, they go through probably 8 boxes a week between the two of them, plus they still drink the yogurt shakes, I bet I spend about 60 dollars aweek just on yogurts.

On Jun 23, 2006

We had an issue for a while of our ds gaining weight- right around the same age of 1. He is allergic to wheat and dairy as well, so it was difficult. One thing that I found was canned corned beef hash. The thought of it still turns my stomach!! You couldn't PAY me to eat the stuff, but he LOVED it (still does). Of course, I usually make my own, but in a pinch I buy the canned.

I also made a lot of food that I would serve my own family and put it in a food processor with olive oil. I remember making roast beef with carrots and potatoes for him. Also, spaghetti with meat sauce with olive oil. Once again, I would just blend it all up. Tacos, mac n cheese, chicken nuggets- try any food that seems appealing to kids and just blend it up. It takes some creativity, but you never know what will be the thing that he grows to love. I would have NEVER guessed it to be corned beef hash for my son! Good luck!

On Jun 23, 2006

Isn't 18 oz. of milk enough for one day? It's different than formula. I believe (and I'm no medical professional!) that kids are supposed to get 3 or 4 servings of dairy products a day, and 8 oz. of milk would certainly be enough for a serving, maybe more than a serving for a toddler. You acutally don't want them to drink too much milk if you're trying to keep them hungry enough to eat solid foods. My youngest DD had a problem gaining weight at age 1, and one of the questions they asked me was if she was drinking excessive amounts of milk, because that's sometimes the cause of undereating. The Dr. suggested adding Carnation Instant Breakfast to her milk at breakfast time to add calories. He also suggested using whole milk or even cream when making her macaroni & cheese - basically anything that would add extra calories to the little quantity of food she would eat. She did eat fruits and vegetables fine. She ate a variety of foods, just like a bird. My oldest DS is picky (and skinny) but has no food allergies. He would (surprisingly) eat raw broccoli in tiny pieces with ranch dressing and lightly cooked carrots with the dressing, too, but otherwise only a tiny bit of corn with salt. Not big on vegetables. He's gotten a little better with age, but it's a constant struggle to keep the diet balanced. My girls didn't like meat when they were toddlers, either. It's hard to chew when they're little and the pureed stuff is, of course, nasty. They would eat crumbled hamburger, especially in sauces. And those Gerber hot dogs, diced. And breakfast sausage. Basically, you have to keep them trying the things you want them to eat, and they'll get used to most of it after several tries.

On Jun 23, 2006

When aidan turned 13 months we found out he was PA & I guess his little body just knew his parents had no clue to keeping him safe. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

He literally lived off of Nutramigen & Honey Comb Cereal until he was 18 months old! His pediatrician & allergists saw no problem with it b/c we were still figuring out what he was allergic to! He was growing fine so we were happy. I do believe if we would of taken him off of the nutramigen he would of been underweight. But was & is a very peculiar eater.

Obviously your doctor knows best, but I wanted to extend a view that extending our formula use helped in our situation.

Good luck, mandi

On Jun 23, 2006

Was your son always at the 5th percentile for weight? Maybe that's just where he's supposed to be? One to three year olds need 102 calories/kg of body weight for growth (150-250 calories/kg for "catch-up" growth). Calcium needs are 500 mg/day -- don't forget other dairy sources of calcium(cheese/pudding/yogurt/ice cream) and non dairy (green leafy veg/dried beans) You can give too much milk to a child, and they will become "milk anemic" ; fill up on milk and have no room for foods. By age two, two cups of milk per day is adequate. I used to give my kids whatever I was eating (within reason) -- dice it up with a big knife. Lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, meatloaf, baked sweet potatoes and apples, squashes. "Kid" foods: chicken nuggets, tator tots, mashed potatoes, grilled cheese, canned fruits, applesauce, well cooked veggies, yogurt smoothies, bananas, etc. I would just make it and serve it; sometimes it took several times before they'd eat it, but I never gave up offering a balanced meal. Snacks do make up a significant portion of caloric needs, so there's an opportunity to provide some nutrient dense foods. Unless there's an underlying medical problem, kids won't let themselves starve; their bodies will regulate intake based on nutrient needs. Of course, you can always visit a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) who specializes in child nutrition to help you, as well!!

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On Jun 23, 2006

Both of my girls are very small like your son. Oldest was 17 lbs at a year, and youngest 18 lbs. Both are pretty picky eaters as well. Youngest DD is allergic to dariy, peanuts, soy & egg. She loves lenders bagels plain or like a little pizza. I use spaghetti sauce & ground beef and put it over the top of a toasted bagel. She also likes sloppy joe type meat, little pieces of chicken in BBQ sauce, fresh fruit, mandarin oranges, apple sauce... Older DD who has no allergies ate grilled cheese, string cheese, mac & cheese, turkey lunch meat & yogurt at that age. My older DD loves ranch dressing. She will eat almost anything if she can dip it in the dressing.

On Jun 23, 2006

Thank you all for your replies! I would like to try more things and I'm going to the grocery tomorrow. When I buy things like chicken nuggets or mac n cheese, what kind of brands do I look for? What do you all trust? If you make your own mac n cheese, are all noodles safe? How do you trust what's on the label? And what kind of bread is trusted? I heard that Klosterman's bread is okay for PA. (that might just be an Ohio thing though). And I see that you guys use condiments like ketchup and BBQ sauce. I thought I read somewhere that we need to be careful with condiments. I hate to worry about this **** !

On Jun 23, 2006

Oh I wanted to add: Keegan had his 12 month checkup today. The pedi helped me out with the milk situation. He weighed 19lbs15oz and is in the 10th percentile. His height is 75th percentile.

On Jun 23, 2006

Hope I can help- these are what we use and I have called on- I would still encourage you to check for yourself before using as lines/ ingredients can change- hopefully this will get you started. Not all noodles are safe- Barilla is running their on lines with lentils or chickpeas I believe in their heart healthy line which can cross-react. We use Muellers. Ketchup- Heinz, French's mustard, Duke's mayo, Tyson fun nuggets (they have told me in the past they do not use peanut oil in their veg. oil), mt. olive pickles, merita bread. I would encourage you to talk with a reputable allergist or the food allergy network (food-allergy.org) if you have any ingredient questions on what is safe for your child. Best wishes.

On Jun 23, 2006

I use Heinz ketchup & Kraft original BBQ sauce (have called on that one.) So far, so good with no reactions.

On Jun 23, 2006

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Originally posted by mama2aidan: [b]When aidan turned 13 months we found out he was PA & I guess his little body just knew his parents had no clue to keeping him safe. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

He literally lived off of Nutramigen & Honey Comb Cereal until he was 18 months old! His pediatrician & allergists saw no problem with it b/c we were still figuring out what he was allergic to! He was growing fine so we were happy. I do believe if we would of taken him off of the nutramigen he would of been underweight. But was & is a very peculiar eater.

Obviously your doctor knows best, but I wanted to extend a view that extending our formula use helped in our situation.

Good luck, mandi[/b]

We, too had DS on Nutramigen until about 22 months. He is dairy and egg allergic. This was extremely important in my opinion. Just to second what mama2aiden said. Good luck with the picky eating...your DS may just not be excited about table foods yet...and that's ok!

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