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My ten year old son will only eat a few types of what?

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My ten year old son will only eat peanut butter, no jelly, sandwiches. Mrs. Ts mini pierogies, not the large or home-made, hot dogs,my spaghetti(only), kraft mac n' cheese, my fried chicken (only), McDonalds hamburgers (only), corn, green beans and junk food only. No eggs, no pizza, no fruits, next to no veggies, limited potatoes, I am at my wits-end. And he is now a bit over weight. He has dark circles under his eyes, I am worried about him. My husband and I haave tried everything to get him to try different foods, yes, even bribery. Nothing has worked, he mentally thinks that he will not like the food and begins to dry heave. Can anyone help us??????

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Maybe don't put so much pressure on him. Perhaps the main reason he dry heaves is because hes worried he wont like it. Its probably a phase that he will grow out of. Just feed him one thing, like peanut butter sandwiches. Eventually he will probably start to want something else.
you need to put him on a multi-vitamin, so that he will not become malnourished. take away the junk food, and fried chicken if he's becoming overweight. the worst thing you can do i make mealtime a battleground. try slicing up raw veggies, and pair them with ranch dressing for a dip. put them on the kitchen table, or counter top while you are preparing dinner, or have them waiting when he comes home from school. don't say anything about it. without the pressure of eating and trying new foods, he may just decide to dive in! hope this helps. good luck
Stop feeding him junk food. My 15 year old step son was the same way at 10, now he is worse! If you play into the "I will only eat XYZ" game then that's what he will eat. If he was 5 he might grow out of it, but 10 is pushing it. Make dinners for the whole family and if he eats it great, if he doesn't then there is always the next meal. Don't put pressure on him to eat, just simply this is what is for dinner and if you don't like it you can wait until breakfast. If you take the junk out of the house he will NOT starve himself. Stand your ground or you will have a picky eater in your hands for a longtime.
It may not be a bad idea to take him to an allergist and have him tested for food sensitivities. My children are incredibly picky, which drove me crazy until one of them had a severe reaction to cashews. After that we had her tested for different food allergies, and learned that she had many other sensitivities that didn't result in severe reactions, but made her nauseous, caused dark circles, tummy aches, eczema, etc. Among the sensitivities are things you would never think of, such as canola oil, sunflower oil (these are in everything). Mine are allergic and/or sensitive to many fruits and veggies as well, which is common in children with pollen allergies. I used to beg and bribe my children to eat foods that they wound up being allergic to such as mango, cottage cheese and squash! Talk about feeling guilty!!  I don't know if any of this could apply to your child, but I just want to offer a different perspective on it. His aversions could actually be valid! Good luck!
Here's some tips that may help: involve your kids in preparing their food, make the food look interesting, serve the right size meals, kids like to dip their foods, set up a reward system, plant a garden with your child and the ultimate tip is to use positive peer pressure.  I discuss these in my blog
My daughter is picky as well.  I used to make food that she liked (mac N cheese, chicken nuggets, pizza etc.)  She was getting heavier and heavier.  One problem was that she was eating way too many carbs and sugars and not enough protein.  We finally decided that the whole family would eat the same dinner (instead of a special dinner for her) and if she ate, great, if not, then there wasn't anything until breakfast.  We put food on her plate that she claimed she didn't like. Eventually she tried things (she was also exposed to different foods at school) and she has expanded the foods she likes.  She has slimmed down a little because she isn't eating as much (but I still wouldn't classify her as skinny.)I like the suggestion about taking him to the allergist to see if there is a problem.  If there isn't, I would put what you want him to eat on a plate and give him the choice to eat it.  No junk food though.  If he chooses not to eat, then no bargaining on your part and just let him go until breakfast.  I think some kids start to realize they can control their parents through food.  If you put the decision back in his hands, he should start eating better food.

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