P.S. asks from New Plymouth, ID on May 19, 2007
A.R. answers from Omaha on May 19, 2007
My son is a picky eater but it is due to autism. You can bribe her with dessert, hide foods in others, but they aren't going to eat what they don't like. I recently read an article about introducing foods to picky eaters, I found it on the internet. It's a slow process but by leaving it on a seperate plate and having everyone at the table comment on how delicious it is helps. Then you move it to her plate but tell her she doesn't have to eat it, then have her touch it, then taste a small amount. Like I said, it is a long process over a week or so but you'll expand her meal choices. My son will literally gag when MADE to eat something his MIND doesn't like.
J.M. answers from Des Moines on May 20, 2007
The best way to cure picky eaters is to not cater to it. don't fix special meals. They eat what th rest of the family is eating. Put some of everthing on their plate and if they choose not to eat it, then that's their choice. you can always wrap the plate up and put it in the fridge for later. Then when an hour later they say their hungry, they can eat the plateful. Eventually, they'll learn to eat what's in front of them.
As far as being hungry all the time, try to make sure she's getting enough fiber-rich, and protein. For instance, when we have eggs and sausage for breakfast, my 4 yr old son does much better than if they have cereal.
L.K. answers from Omaha on May 21, 2007
We had the problem with our twins (5 y.o) about always being hungry. We even nicknamed them hungry 1 and hungry 2. They would eat their breakfast and 20 minutes later say they were hungry. When we went to their doctor she recommended having them eat more protein. This has helped with their hunger. sorry no ideas for picky eaters, mine eat variety of food.
S.P. answers from Lincoln on May 19, 2007
Well anytime my kids didn't want to eat we used the whole reverse psychology thing. Whenever they would stop eating or not eat anything....In a suggestive voice.."don't eat it..don't eat it" then when they would...we would all go "AHHH" or "you can't eat that!"
I am sure we are setting them up to deify us later..but hey it gets them to eat!
A.B. answers from Grand Forks on May 20, 2007
You know, I had the same problem with my now, nine year old son. The pediatrician told me to ensure he was taking a multivitamin supplement daily and if he wants to eat the same thing day in and day out, let him. He said he will soon tire of the same old thing and want something different. He is now trying a few new things, not as much as I would like, but more than before.