Hello; I finally made my way over here from the old forums.
I am getting a bit concerned with my 5.5 year old's eating habits. She used to be a really good eater until about age 4, when she started gradually rejecting foods she used to eat enthusiastically. She now only seems to want to eat 'snack' food and carbohydrates exclusively. She's also started to spit food out pretty frequently. At first she only spit food out if it was something hard to chew, like steak. But last week she was spitting stuff out right and left and I got a little freaked out to the point of having the pediatric NP check her out. She said she was fine, and thankfully she has gained 3 pounds in the last 6 months but I'm still worried that her eating habits are gonna continue to worsen and that she'll get nutrient deprived. I was giving her gummy vitamins but she's started spitting those out now too...she keeps saying she 'can't chew'. She lost her first tooth in November and she seems to have some anxiety about losing more teeth although she's aware that it's normal and whatnot...so I don't know if that is playing into this.
Mealtimes are quite stressful because it's so difficult to get her to eat any protein, fruit or vegetable. She will eat broccoli tips, edamame beans, boiled eggs (white part only), and sometimes chicken but usually only in very small amounts; often she'll eat only one or two bites of the above foods and say she's done then start demanding her snack (Goldfish, chocolate protein bars, etc). If you tell her she has to eat more dinner she'll start to argue/whine/yell. I've started giving her peanut and almond butter on a spoon and making fruit smoothies in the blender, she will eat that pretty well. She's very preoccupied with chocolate and sweets although we really try not to give her too much of that. I try to offer her new foods to try as much as possible and sometimes she'll try it or at least lick it but so far this has not resulted in her eating anything new.
I can't decide if this could still be considered normal picky eating or if she's got selective eating disorder or something along those lines. I was a very picky eater throughout childhood but I eventually completely grew out of it but it took me a long time.