refuses to eat or takes hours at each meal
I have a 3 1/2 year old girl who has always been a difficult eater. She only eats a handful of foods and even with thise takes an hour or more to eat a meal. I am sorry to say that I have sent her to her room, tried a timer and alternatives, tried to talk about appropriate behavior, yelled, spanked, taken toys away, threatened - nothing works. I feel as though I am at the end, every meal 3x a day is a battle. I have to continously hound her to take a bite and it ends up w/ me yelling. She now has recently started gagging and throwing up her food. I let her pick what she wants and she loves to help me cook then nothing...her 2 year old brother is starting to not want to eat new foods because he sees her behavior. I need help, her doctor seems to care little nad says it is a stage but I disagree - is it possible she has some type of eating disorder and needs professional help? I have read many message postings on this and tried everything - what is next?