How to Feed a Picky Eater
If your child is a picky eater let them try new things. Here are a couple tips to help you and them make meals more enjoyable.
- Let your child explore the new food item by looking at it, touching it, smelling it and when he is ready he can have a small bite before putting a whole bite into his/her mouth.
- Mixing a new food item with an item that he/she already likes may work.
- Sometimes we may not like things that we try for the first time. So be calm, and try to offer it again at a different time. Don’t force him/her to eat it.
- Try the same food item in different forms. Texture may be the problem rather than the taste.
- Researches show that it takes about 10-20 tastes of a food to determine preference.
- Children learn by imitating others. So, if a child sees mom or dad disliking a meal, most likely he/she won’t like it either.
- Try to reward after they follow your demand of trying a new meal or after eating. This will motivate your children to eat.
- Stay away of high fatty meals, fried foods, juices or meals that are high in sugar.
- Usually the body takes around 3 weeks to change after a meal has being substituted or removed. So, try to make meals changes one by one to identify the food item that is beneficial for your child’s health.