If you’re concerned that your child may be a picky eater, there are a few things you can look for. Does your child eat a very limited variety of foods? Do they always seem to want the same foods and resist trying new ones? Do they gag or vomit when trying new foods?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your child may be a picky eater.
There are a few reasons why children may be picky eaters. Some kids are just naturally more resistant to trying new foods. Others may have had a bad experience with a certain food in the past and now have an aversion to it. And some kids may have sensory issues that make certain textures or tastes unappealing.
If you think your child may be a picky eater, there are a few things you can do to help them try new foods and expand their repertoire.
Here are a few tips:
1. Don’t make a big deal out of trying new foods. If you make it into a power struggle, your child is likely to dig their heels in and refuse to try the food.
2. Try presenting new foods in a fun way. Use food picks or toothpicks to make cute shapes out of fruits and vegetables.
3. Let your child help you prepare meals. Kids are more likely to eat foods that they’ve helped to prepare.
4. Offer a variety of foods at each meal. Include some old favorites, as well as some new foods.
5. Don’t force your child to eat. If they’re not interested in a particular food, let them leave it on their plate.
6. Be a good role model. If you’re trying new foods yourself, your child is more likely to follow suit.
7. Be patient. It may take a while for your child to come around to trying new foods. Just keep offering them and eventually they’ll take the plunge.