Beyond Fussy Eater

Updated on March 05, 2010
A.H. asks from Dallas, TX
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how can i get my child to eat more of a variety of food like she did when she was a baby?

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answers from Mobile on

my daughter was the same way. as an infant she would eat anything!!! and then at 3 it was like she changed! she wouldnt hardly eat anything... i just let her eat when she wanted and what she wanted for a little while and it turned out to be just a stage. she grew out of it and started eating again. i had began to worry about it because i really felt she wasnt even eating enough to stay healthy but just know if they r hungry enough they will eat. the more you try to push her to eat what she dont want the more she will push it away. my neice who is 3 mths older than my daughter did the same thing. it lasted about a month. i even talked to a dr about it and they checked all her vitals and those were ok so they gave me this advice and it worked for us so good luck

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Don't force, put only a small amount of the foods your family eats in front of her at any time, and just enjoy what you eat without making a big deal out of it (kids have a good ear for "hokey").

Offer as great a variety of healthy foods as possible, and keep unhealthy snacks out of your house. A daily multivitamin will help calm your nutritional concerns.

You don't say how old your daughter is, but toddlers very commonly go through a period of being extremely choosy about foods, often combined with a genuine dislike of certain textures. She will outgrow it if you don't make it a battle. It may take a year or two, but some of her patterns may gradually change during that period.

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There is a great book by William G Wilkoff, MD called Coping with a Picky Eater that every parent or provider of kids should read and have a copy of.

This book has what I call the Picky Eater Plan. I have used this plan with kids that literally threw up at the sight of food and within 2 weeks they were eating normal amounts of everything and trying every food.

First you need to get everyone who deals with the child on board. If you are a provider it's ok to make this the rule at your house and not have the parents follow through but you wont' see as good results as what I described up above.

The plan is to limit the quantities of food you give the kid. When I first start with a child I give them literally ONE bite worth of each food I am serving. The book suggests that every time you feed the kids (breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner) you give all 4 food groups. So, for lunch today I would have given the child one tiny piece of strawberry, one spoonful of applesauce, 3 macaroni noodles with cheese on them, and 2 oz of milk. Only after they ate ALL of what was on their plate would you give them anything else. They can have the same amounts for seconds. If they only want more mac and cheese, they only get 3 noodles then they would have to have more of all the other foods in order to get more than that. If they don't eat, fine. If they don't finish, fine. Don't make a big deal out of it, just make them stay at the table until everyone else is done eating. They don't get more food until they are sat at the next meal and they only get what you serve. When I first do this with a child I don't serve sweets at all. So no animal crackers for snack but rather a carrot for snack. Or one of each of those. I don't make it easy for them to gorge on bad foods in other words. Now if they had a meal where they ate great then I might make the snack be a yummy one cause I know they filled up on good foods.

Even at snacks you have to limit quantities of the good stuff or else they will hold out for snack and just eat those snacky foods. I never give a picky eater the reward of a yummy snack unless they had that great lunch prior to it.

It really is that easy.

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