Feeding Difficulties with Picky Eaters

Is your child a picky eater

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As parents, you cannot help but worry when your children’s weight and height are not keeping up with their age. Your anxiety is valid because children do go through episodes of infections and inadequate food intake, both well-documented causes for interrupted growth.

Concerns for Picky Eating

You are not alone. Picky eating concerns are reported to be as high as 50% by parents of children aged 1-10 years old.1 The daily task of coaxing a picky eater to eat “normal” foods and a greater variety can cause stress in both the parents and child.

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Typical behaviors of picky eaters include?2-4

  • Eating very little
  • Accepting only a few types of foods
  • Eating few fruits and vegetables
  • Refusing to try new foods

Is your child a picky eater

Although fussy eating behavior may be short-lived in some children, for others it remains an ongoing problem. Prolonged fussy eating may have serious consequences:

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  • Nutrient deficiencies leading to improper growth
  • Weak immune system increasing chances of sickness and infection
  • Impaired cognitive and emotional development which may have a long term effect on the child
  • Long term health issues
  • Parent - Child conflict in some cases between mother and the child


1. Carruth BR, et al. J Am Dietetic Assoc. 2004; 104: S57-S64

2. Manikam R, et. al. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2000;30:34-46

3. Caruth BR et. al. J A Coll Nutr. 1998; 17: 180-186

4. Galloway AT et al. J Am Diet Assoc. 2005;105:541-548

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