Children's fussy eating habits 

Children’s fussy eating habits 

Children’s fussy eating habits  900 643 Ace Health Centre

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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

Heel Pain in Children

Heel Pain in Children

Heel Pain in Children 600 400 Ace Health Centre

Heel Pain in Children

Heel pain in children is surprisingly common, presenting regularly in the Podiatry or Physiotherapy setting. It’s a type of pain which can be quite debilitating, impacting on a child’s ability to participate in and enjoy their chosen sport and perform to their full potential.

What causes heel pain in children?

Severs disease is the most common cause of heel pain in children. It is due to overuse and pulling of the achilles tendon on the back of the heel, and the plantar fascia on the bottom of the heel. The pulling force causes pain and inflammation at the growth plate within the heel bone. It is often aggravated by tight calf muscles and feet that roll in too far (flat feet). Its normally seen in active kids between the ages of 8 and 15 during the rapid growth years.

What are the common symptoms?

The signs and symptoms that point to severs may include:
  • Pain with physical activity, particularly activities that require running and jumping
  • Limping, often in the morning or during and after sport
  • Tendency to tip toe
  • Worsening of symptoms after exercise

How is Severs disease diagnosed?

A Podiatrist or Physiotherapist can diagnose Severs disease by asking the young person about their symptoms and performing a physical examination. In some scenarios medical imaging may be required to rule out other causes of heel pain, however x rays are generally not necessary to diagnose Severs.

What is the best treatment for heel pain in children?

Heel pain in children responds very well to treatment. Treatment may include:
  • Foot orthotics to address any biomechanical factors contributing to the pain
  • Activity modification – decrease or modify load in the short term
  • Education on how to self manage symptoms and flare ups
  • Heel raise – helpful to reduce pull on the heel bone
  • Footwear education – having the appropriate shoe that meets demands of the sport and clips needs


Heel pain in children should not become a long term chronic issue. Early and appropriate intervention will lead to the best outcome. If you child is experiencing heel pain, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with a Podiatrist or Physiotherapist with an interest in sports injuries. This will ensure a quicker recovery allowing your kid get back doing the things they love.