Children’s fussy eating habits
If you are a parent, you will probably know how busy and active your child can be, so having food may not be on their priority list. As a parent, you probably know that they grow and develop more than any other stage of life in the early few years. Therefore, good nutrition is important to meet your child’s needs. However, when it comes to fussy eating, parents may find it difficult and messy to deal with.
Facts about Fussy eating in children
Fussy eating is part of a normal process of children’s development, sometimes they are just busy exploring the world around them instead of spending time eating. It is common for children to be hungry one day and picky the next, as their appetites are also affected by their growth cycles.
Handling fussy eating:
Try to offer your child a variety of choices from each of the core food group
No one food is essential, ultimately offer them a try with different food from the core food groups. Your child can still be able to receive similar nutrition from several foods within the food group. Be patient when introducing new food to your child, it may take up to 10 times or more until your child will accept it.
Try not to be a fussy eater yourself
Children learn from their parents. If you restrict a range of foods that you dislike, your child is more likely to notice and copy the same behaviour. So try not to limit the variety of foods you offer to only the one you prefer. It may just happen that your children have a different taste preference to yours and the food you serve.
Getting your child involved
Getting them involved in shopping, growing, and preparing the food. This often builds their interest and enjoyment in food. So they are more likely to try to food.
If your child only eats a small range of food or has not eaten an entire food group for a long time, it may be best to be seen by a GP and dietitian. Feel free to contact our dietitian today for individualised dietary advice