Fussy eating can be defined as trying new foods or having small quantities.
Children often refuse to try new foods. Especially, pre-schoolers can be fussy with their food choices. Providing healthy food options becomes quite a challenge for a young mom.
The easiest way to go about it is to let child decide how much of the food to eat. Try not to make a fuss over foods, as this may make the problem worse.
For making the child try out new food, try the following tips:
- Do not fill your child up with drinks before a meal or snack.
- Stick to a mealtime routine.
- Make the mealtime enjoyable; engage, engage and engage.
- Don’t bribe or punish your child for refusing to eat.
- Keep re-introducing foods that your child has previously refused. At times, children need to see a new food a number of times before they finally taste it.
- Have child eat family meal with you, do not make kiddie meal.
- When offering a new food, offer some familiar foods as well.
- Set a time limit of around eating time 15 – 20 minutes for a meal. After that time, remove any uneaten food. Try not to offer food or drinks until the next planned meal.
- Try to stay calm and don’t make a fuss if your child refuses to eat or only eats a small amount.
Last but not the least, children don’t starve themselves. If they are healthy and active*, there is probably nothing to worry about if they are refusing to eat. However, if you are concerned about your child’s eating behaviors, talk to your Pediatrics.
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