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More often than not, the main obstacle to adding new foods to a child’s diet is not related to how the food tastes, what the child’s chewing skills look like, or what flavor preferences the child has. The main obstacle is that as soon as the mere idea of a new food is presented, kids immediately go into “NO” mode.

Every so often, you may entice your child to examine the food in question or even pick it up...but that’s as far as they’re going to take it. Many times, the offending food is unceremoniously shoved across the table or chucked across the room. It’s out of sight and avoided for yet another day.

Because food refusal often happens so quickly and so consis...

Today, I’d like to shed some light on kids who, while they may not fit the stereotypical image of a picky eater, can often still benefit from some attention to feeding. Most of my feeding therapy clients fall into the range of toddler to young elementary school age. This tends to be the time that feeding issues often become more challenging or apparent.

A couple examples of this include:

  1. When a child ages out of the picky toddler phase, but their food variety does not improve.

  2.) When a child enters school and the parent has less opportunities to provide the child with their           necessary intake throughout the day....

Why are there certain foods that most kids tend to like, and other foods that most kids avoid? When a child says that they don’t like a food, most parents assume that they do not like the flavor of the food. But what about foods that they reject without even tasting a single bite? How about foods that, based on the flavor, seem like they should be preferred, but for some reason aren’t?

It’s because, many times, it isn’t the flavor of the food...it’s the TEXTURE.

Think about it. When you look at a food that you’ve never tried before, you can’t tell what it will taste like based on the appearance alone. However, you can get an idea of what the texture will be like...

If I had to name the most common feeding concern that I hear from parents, it’s that their child does not eat vegetables. In fact, when I interview parents about their child’s feeding habits and mention the word vegetable, it is usually met with a chuckle: “If my child ate vegetables, I wouldn’t be sitting here, talking to you!” And I get that. When you can’t even remember the last time your child willingly took a bite of a vegetable, the idea can seem preposterous.

 

Here are some tips that may help you to get some plants on that plate:

-Start by creating a routine to try new things, with EASY new foods first (read: not vegetables). Keep your expectations reason...

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