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My 15 month old son suddenly became a picky eater?

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Created October 20, 2011 at 2:38 PM

My 15 month old son has been paleo since birth. He was breastfed for 14 months, his first foods started at 8 months which were pureed meats and veges, and has not had a drop of gluten. Ever since he was introduced to solids he gravitated to meat....he would literally push everything aside to shove handfuls of meat into his chubby cheeks!! However, over the past few weeks he seems to only want fruit and veges. Even when meat is the only thing I put on his plate, he starts going nuts and pointing at the refrigerator and the only thing that calms him down is fruit or veges. He does still double fist the bacon though!!

I have a 4 year old as well, but he wasn't Paleo until 3 so I don't know if this is a phase that will pass with time and not worry about it or if there is something I need/should do to get him to start eating meats again.

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on October 21, 2011
at 08:38 PM

I'm not sure the study listed relates to this instance, infantile colic is something that happens with very young babies, a 15 month old is well into an age that should be able to handle fructose.

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on October 21, 2011
at 08:36 PM

Babies are hard-wired to like sweet tastes though, regardless of the source, even though fructose might not be the "right" kind of sweet, I doubt it tastes much different than lactose or glucose.

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on October 21, 2011
at 06:45 AM

We don't know if that makes sense. We know that fructose transporters are not there while you are baby. We also know consequence of that: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/109/5/797.abstract?ijkey=a9bedfe8d34b978b1c7617c1978821f2ef1fbe15&keytype2=tf_ipsecsha

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on October 21, 2011
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I buy it. I have seen 'manipulative baby' in practice many times and I know how it stops once you decide to deal with it.

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at 09:26 PM

I know it is a time when children start to develop their individuality and want to make their own choices, I don't buy the manipulative baby theory though, if my baby wants something there is usually a logical reason.

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on October 20, 2011
at 04:58 PM

It's completely normal. When kids' taste buds aren't over-stimulated by excitotoxins and sugar, they figure out pretty quickly what they need. I found, as a parent, that if I could get out of my own way, and let them self-regulate, they would figure out how to eat well on their own -- and it prevented many a battle about food around our house (as well as producing 4 healthy, strong, and athletic adults from those kids -- even the non-athletic artist puts in a few miles of walking every day, to and from work!)

Let him eat the fruits and veggies. He'll balance out over time just fine.

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on October 20, 2011
at 03:48 PM

It looks like this pattern of selective eating is pretty normal according to this study Babies try everything and then cycle through favorates when left to self-selection

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on October 20, 2011
at 02:48 PM

I'm more inclined to give my kids ANY paleo food they want in just about any proportions they want it. I have come to believe that kids not completely "ruined" by excessive neolithic foods will have a good innate mechanism that will guide them towards the things their body currently needs.

I do also work to get them trying new things and variety, but my kids go through phases. Right now my four year old is going full carnivore. My two year old was...but now he is getting yogurt and fruit heavy. They both use to eat like 4 eggs a day until this past month when neither of them will touch them at all (weird, this was their favorite breakfast). So in the end I do let their tastes steer the boat a bit.

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on October 20, 2011
at 05:06 PM

Its the timing of negation, doing things the opposite way. Expression of individuality Its normal. Babies can eat all types of food, anyway. They don't have to be paleo. Paleo is important when you get to 30ies.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on October 20, 2011
at 09:26 PM

I know it is a time when children start to develop their individuality and want to make their own choices, I don't buy the manipulative baby theory though, if my baby wants something there is usually a logical reason.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 21, 2011
at 06:42 AM

I buy it. I have seen 'manipulative baby' in practice many times and I know how it stops once you decide to deal with it.

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on October 20, 2011
at 04:19 PM

I notice that you weaned your son about a month ago, is that right? I think that along with variation in what a child needs and wants from day to day, week to week, etc., that there will be a transition time after fully being weaned where taste and appetite will shift. When my kids go through picky phases(at 8 and 12 it still happens all the time!), I just continue to offer plenty of nutritious foods, and strive to trust that their bodies will guide them. I also see my kids eating much less after a growth spurt, like right now, since they both grew quite a bit over the summer.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on October 20, 2011
at 09:23 PM

It makes sense that your kiddo wants fruit. Breast milk is high fat, high sugar, low protein, and that particular nutrient combo is just what our little people need until at least age five or six. Hunter-gatherers were able to do that by extended breast feeding, we're able to do that by buying apples, raisins, and bacon at the store. He's only been without breast milk for a month so it would make sense that he is trying to replace those carbs with fruit and veggies.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 21, 2011
at 06:45 AM

We don't know if that makes sense. We know that fructose transporters are not there while you are baby. We also know consequence of that: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/109/5/797.abstract?ijkey=a9bedfe8d34b978b1c7617c1978821f2ef1fbe15&keytype2=tf_ipsecsha

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on October 21, 2011
at 08:38 PM

I'm not sure the study listed relates to this instance, infantile colic is something that happens with very young babies, a 15 month old is well into an age that should be able to handle fructose.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on October 21, 2011
at 08:36 PM

Babies are hard-wired to like sweet tastes though, regardless of the source, even though fructose might not be the "right" kind of sweet, I doubt it tastes much different than lactose or glucose.

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