Is your child a Picky eater? What to do if your child is a picky eater? 

  • Does your child prefer playing to eating?
  • Does your child cry at the sight of food or resist feeding by crying or refusing to open their mouth?
  • Does your child dislike a certain food because of its look, smell, or taste?
  • Do you think your child has a small appetite despite an intake of a variety of food?
Choose a feeding behavior that best applies to your child for some feeding guidelines to make sure your child’s growth will be on track!
Manage mealtimes
  • Establish set meal and snack time for your child.
  • Limit the duration of meals to 20-30 minutes, unless your child is still actively eating
Select appropriate food
  • Encourage your child to practice chewing and swallowing by introducing soft, smooth-textured food.
Address the fear
  • Gradually introduce your child to items that he associates with feeding (high chair, spoon, etc.) outside of mealtimes.
Learn to understand your child’s hunger signals
  • Feed your child when he shows signs of hunger and end meals when he shows signs of being full.
Choose healthy food
  • As much as possible, provide unprocessed food like fruits, vegetables, fortified cereals, or grains, nuts or seeds, meat, poultry, fish or legumes, and dairy products.
Create the “Family Table” as soon as your child begins to eat solid food
  • Sit together as a family as often as possible during mealtimes.
Consistently offer new food.
  • At least once a day, offer your child a small amount of food that she doesn’t eat or hasn’t tried before. Put a small amount of the new food on her plate along with food that your child likes.
Consistently offer new food.
  • At least once a day, offer your child a small amount of food that she doesn’t eat or hasn’t tried before. Put a small amount of the new food on her plate along with food that your child likes.