Infants and children may have a fear of trying new things, so, it is common for them to reject new foods. This is especially normal for 12–24-month-old children who are exposed to so many new things. Picky eating also may be associated with food jags, when a child wants the same food for what seems to be every meal.
Change is Normal
A child’s eating pattern often changes between 12 and 24 months. Some children eating larger portions began eating much less; other children who were readily accepting new foods become more selective. This often happens and is normal.
- Respect the child’s refusals, force-feeding is set up for mealtime battles down the road
- The foods you offer a picky eater must be sources of good nutrition
- Do not get caught up in the notion that any food is better than no food
- If milk intake is excessive (more than 25 ounces a day) it may limit other food
- Remember it is not what your child eats meal to meal but a balanced diet over the course of 2 to 3 weeks that really counts
- Be creative- many foods have similar nutritional profiles. When one isn’t accepted try alternatives.
- Involve the child in family mealtime and offer and present food in attractive ways.
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