Dealing with Picky Eaters
Fussy eating is commonly seen in children below 10 years of age. Parents who want their children to eat well must be good role models of healthy eating. They create eating environments that are inviting and free of tension. Food should never used to reward, coerce, or be part of a power struggle between children and their parents.
- Do not allow toys, books, television, or other distractions during meals or snacks
- Praise your child for his self-feeding skills
- Do not use food as a reward, for comfort, or as an expression of your affection towards your child. As it could lead to the child developing a preference for certain types of food only
Recognize hunger & need to eat
- Help your child recognize hunger and eat accordingly
- Schedule meals and snacks about 3 to 4 hours apart
Limit meal duration
- End meals after 20 to 30 minutes, even if the child has eaten very little or nothing of the food provided
Serve age-appropriate foods and portions
- Decide on serving size keeping in mind the age of the child
- Allow the child to ask for additional helpings instead of serving everything at once
- Discourage your child from playing with food and talking too much instead of eating
- Teach your child to sit at the table until "Mommy’s and Daddy’s tummies are full"
Encourage independent feeding
- Children will be messy! Try to tolerate age-appropriate mess. After all it’s your child learning to be independent
Fussy eaters may miss out on the nutrients needed for proper growth and development. A complete and balanced nutrition supplement like PediaSure can help fill in the nutritional gaps, so fussy eaters get all the nourishment they need.
*Tips mentioned are indicative. Please consult your Pediatrician for appropriate advice