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Okay, so I have a two year old son who will refuse to eat his dinner. But he will still chew it. And then just stash food in his cheeks.
I'm less concerned about the not-eating part. He eats his lunch and breakfast fairly well, his weight is good, his growth is good, and he seems to be completely healthy. At his two year old well-child appointment, the doc said he looked great, and the not-eating-dinner thing has been going on for months. For whatever reason, he's just not hungry. Whatever.
The problem is that whether he's hungry or not, he chews food and then stores it like a goddamn chipmunk. Like, huge wads of food of various types. He'll cram some chicken and some broccoli and some potato in there and just walk around the rest of the evening looking like someone shoved a sock in his head. And he does this every night. We can't just not feed him, because sometimes he's actually hungry and eats his dinner. It has little to do with whether or not he likes the food, as best we can tell. If we give him a drink or something else to eat that we know he'll swallow (like candy), he just swallows around it. He won't spit it out on his own, either, so we have to force his mouth open and dig it out of his cheeks with our fingers. (And sometimes we fail to get all of it, and then the following morning he'll get out of bed, come give you a good-morning kiss, and leave a chunk of pork chop on your cheek.)
So, any ideas? Because this is thoroughly revolting, and probably not great for his teeth.
[While watching popcorn in the microwave]
Maddie: "Look Riley, the bag's as big as your head now!"
Riley: "Hahaha, yeah!"
Maddie: "Look, now it's as big as your butt!"
Riley: "Omigosh, it looks just like my butt!"