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  • August 01, 2015

Great advice by Boston University Nutrition Program for Picky Eaters !

Picky eating behavior – what does it mean?
• There is a constant unwillingness to try new foods or having strong food preferenchild not eating vegces/choice of food groups’

• Such children are exposed to limited dietary varieties, particularly micronutrient-rich foods linked to deficiencies’

• It may continue throughout childhood leading to an increased risk of health problems later in life’

• There is no cause for concern if a child exhibits picky eating but is active and if growth is unaffected and normal

 

Tips to deal with fussy eaters

• The child should be given the same food eaten by the rest of the family’

• Encourage eating together if possible

• Giving small portions and praising the child for eating, even if they only manage a little’

• The child should not be forced to eat unfinished food

• Meals should not be left till the child is too hungry or tired to eat’creative healthy food

• Introduce a new or fussy food along with a familiar food. If a child likes pasta and you want to try carrot – add it to the Pasta !

• Parents should be patient because the child may be a slow eater’

• Too many snacks between meals should be avoided’

• Food should not be used as a reward’

• Mealtimes should be made enjoyable and not just about eating’

• Supervision of the child, by an adult who the child likes and looks up to such as a grandparent, improves eating’

• Reintroduce foods that were previously rejected. Children’s choice of foods keep changing’

 

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