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04/02/2014 at 13:13
04/02/2014 at 13:18
In all honesty a lot more! 4.5 year old, 3 fish fingers, 3 mini waffles, spoon of peas, one slice of bread and butter and then a pudding (slice of cake/mini ice-cream/freddo) and this will be at 5pm after having a mini cake and humzinger snack coming in from school.
04/02/2014 at 13:20
ok, so still a long way to go!
04/02/2014 at 13:28
Well, she's a bit older but I don't think the quantities have changed that much.
If it was a main meal - so she'd just had a packed lunch at school - she would probably eat 2 fish fingers with some vegetables (so carrots, peas, broccoli, whatever we have in) plus some pasta - a handful. She might have a yoghurt (like a small petit filous) or some fruit as well. Or she might decide she's full and not want anything.
She might have a snack after school. This might be fruit, or a couple of sweets. Or she might not want anything at all.
On a day when she has had school dinner she might have a sandwich made from one slice of bread, string cheese and a yogurt.
It does vary quite a bit, though, and she might have a day when she doesn't stop eating and asking for food, but at other times she doesn't want that much. I find it quite hard to judge sometimes how much she'll want to eat. The quantities Luke is eating sound OK - there will be children who will eat a lot more than that but some who eat about that much.
04/02/2014 at 14:09
Molly would eat a bit more, probably 2 fish fingers with some peas and carrots or beans plus a serving spoon on mashed potato. followed by fruit or yogurt
04/02/2014 at 18:37
Evie is 7 and a meal would be 1 fish finger, peas and a slice of bread and butter. She rarely has a dessert, but they have a biscuit with milk before bed.
Remember every child is different and appetite may depend on so many things - growth spurt, size of the child, activity levels etc.
04/02/2014 at 18:47
I was going to say something very similar to 1stbaby. B eats a full dinner plate loaded for tea, plus dessert but now doesn't eat as much the rest of the day, whereas U would eat a similar amount to Luke, if not less.
04/02/2014 at 18:50
G would have 2 fish fingers and probably a whole slice of bread. But totally agree every child is different. She would also have some kind of pudding - yoghurt or tinned fruit usually x
04/02/2014 at 19:34
F is 6, average height and very slim. She would eat 3 fish fingers, 3 sprigs of broccoli, handful of carrots and 2 small new potatoes. Yoghurt after.
04/02/2014 at 21:01
I forgot to add the disclaimer that my child could eat for England! He is very sturdy, weighs 3st 4 and about 110cm to quantify matters.
I know you have mentioned previously that Luke is still anxious about food and therefore probably a bit reluctant to try things? Have you tried involving him in the kitchen in a playing type way? J likes to mix things - such as cake mix and chocolate Krispy cakes and has one of the Pampered Chef safe cutters to help chop, he also helps grate cheese and carrot. All of these might help with the texture and handling of food and you never know he might sneak a taste?
04/02/2014 at 21:28
C is tiny and eats hardly anything, so at nearly 4, that is about the same that she would eat. S however, already eats the same amount as her older sister, so by 5 I can imagine her eating about the same as me. Goes to show that they're all different. It sounds like he's making a great start. x
05/02/2014 at 22:51
S would have 3 fishfingers, 2 or 3 new potatoes and half a small tin of baked beans, then pudding. That would be after a snack when she got home of banana and milk or similar.
06/02/2014 at 08:37
L will have school dinner at school, last night he had some pulled pork, wedges and coleslaw.
We rarely give soup at tea, but soup and bread would really fill L up tbh so from that tea I think if he had his soup and bread, he'd prob have the fish finger and a few chips.
Whereas Isaac at 2 would have soup, bread, chips, fish fingers and would also want beans
06/02/2014 at 09:22
meal times are still a real struggle and in turn I am really struggling with motivation and lack of progress.
06/02/2014 at 09:26
Try not to stress too much about it Carole, L has done so well and come such a long way xx C's meals really vary and if he has had something like pasta or a toast fest for lunch he would have less dinner. Is it quantity or variety you are struggling with most?? Xxxx
06/02/2014 at 09:30
because he doesn't feel appetite he doesn't make up for a light meal with snacks or something more substantial the following meal or day, so we have to really push for every meal to count. that is hard work, and also the fact that we are still stuck on mush textures.
06/02/2014 at 09:35
So you need healthy high calorie meals?? Or am I barking up the wrong tree?? Xx
06/02/2014 at 09:44
It varies depending on what he's eaten in the day but I would dish up 3 fish fingers, veg and potatoes of whatever kind. He has a normal dinner plate not a kids plate and would either eat it or not. As for soup he has a tin to himself with 2-3 slices of bread.
06/02/2014 at 09:53
Munchkin yes, that's what we give.
standard lunches in flask for school are:
fish pie made with spinach and salmon, butter and double cream etc
beef stew made with steak, mixed veg and mash potato, extra olive oil stirred through
spaghetti bolognaise, chopped pasta made with pureed beef meat balls, puree veg and tomato sauce and extra olive oil.
chicken dinner, mashed potato, chopped chicken, stuffing and pureed veg with extra oil and butter.
I know what to give, it's just the quantity I think is still on the small size. I used the fish finger meal as it's easy to quantify portions as an example. I sometimes give him something like that at tea time for variety because can't send him in with and soup and bread type meals for his lunch as he needs to soak the bread in the soup and I can't guarantee that the support worker will get the texture right. Anything with cheese is also difficult because when it cools it sets and makes the texture more difficult for him to manage.
06/02/2014 at 09:54
Do you have a dietician to work with?
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