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Any parent of a toddler can tell you that almost all children go through a picky eating phase. Those peas and carrots your 1-year- old practically begged for are now your 3-year-old’s worst enemy. While this kind of occasional pickiness is normal, if your child’s eating habits are interfering with them receiving proper nutrition, it could be a sign of a larger issue.
- Eats at least one food from most food texture groups (crunchy, chewy, mushy etc)
- Can deal with new food on their plate and will try a new food with some prodding
- If they get burned out on a type of food, it can eventually be reintroduced
Dealing with pickiness:
- Create a food routine. Try to serve meals at a consistent time each day with a limited number of snacks throughout the day. Pickiness can result from children over-snacking and not being hungry at mealtime.
- Serve new foods with familiar foods that your child already likes. Allow them to explore by smelling or taking tiny bites.
- Don’t bribe or force your child to eat a new food. If you keep serving small portions along with familiar foods, chances are your child will come around to trying it eventually.
Signs of a feeding issue:
- Eats less than 20 foods
- Progressively phases out foods to the point that their diet becomes extremely limited
- Gags or vomits when eating certain foods
- Refuses certain food textures or colors
- Can’t tolerate being around people eating foods they don’t like
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