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Common Growth Issues Among Children: Picky Eater

Just like their adult counterparts, children can have a complicated relationship between food and nutrition. The thing is, if a child has a healthy relationship with food in their younger growth years, they are most likely to be healthier in their teen years, or at least get a head start. This can set challenges for parents. When looking for food options and extra support from child nutritional supplements (eg. Pediasure) to fill in, the key word to remember is variety.2, 5

What’s Making My Child a Picky Eater?

A child’s taste & texture tolerance changes as they grow up. What makes a child a picky eater will differ from one child to another. Picky eating can be caused by, but not limited to, prior negative reactions to the particular food, mirroring their parent’s bad food habits, or they simply do not like it. In the spirit of wanting your child to eat, forcing them to do so will push them further away from it, while restricting treats because they are seen as bad, will make them crave it more.1, 2

How Could this Potentially Impact Growth?

Picky eating can potentially reduce the intake of vitamins and minerals that are critical for growth, like iron and zinc. Also lacking in other nutrients, a picky eating child can have stunted growth, fragile bones (due to calcium deficiency), be petite for their age or become obese due to poor regulation.2 With the lack of energy, cognitive functions like stamina, concentration, and reaction could possibly falter. A child who does not get enough fiber in their diet will also have poor gut health, which can potentially affect immunity as well. A child’s body needs these fibers and vitamins like vitamin C to fight infection, and when it does not, it stresses the body and spends energy that is meant for growth. More time spent on fighting infections means less time spent on growth.2, 5

Habit Changes and Good Nutritional Support Helps      

Children learn from you, so if you want them to be healthy, reassess your own diet. Does it have vegetables? Does it consist of packaged foods? Do you know the difference between being stuffed and full? If your child sees you enjoying healthy food, they will more likely try it. How do set routines help? If there is no structure to meals, they will become prone to binge eating or placating with junk food in between meals. Set a place, time, and a rotating menu that the whole family will eat. What the child eats is within a parent’s control, so putting effort into what nutrients your individual child needs more of is important.3, 4

Nutrients that support growth, but not limited to, are protein for amino acids (Arginine) that build muscle tissue, vitamin D for muscle maintenance, and Magnesium for calcium absorption for strong bones. These nutrients are easily found in any number of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and fish.2 Because balanced nutrition is very important for children for growth, when food alone is not enough, complete balanced child nutrition like Pediasure can help. Formulated with 37 vital nutrients, including Arginine, Protein, Calcium, Vitamin D, and healthy Fibers, even the pickiest of eaters can catch-up on growth.^^ Want to see if your child will love Pediasure?

Visit Pediasure Myanmar today to request samples.5

References:

  1. https://www.childrensnutrition.co.uk/full-blog/refuse-meals
  2. https://my.theasianparent.com/picky-eating-in-children-affect-growth
  3. https://www.nurturelife.com/blog/kids-food-creating-positive-relationship/
  4. https://thenourishedchild.com/meal-schedule-without-controlling/
  5. https://abbottfamily.com.sg/products/page/pediasure

^^   Alarcon PA, et al. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2003

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