As parents, we all want our children to have a healthy and balanced diet. However, dealing with a picky eater can be a challenging task. A picky eater is a child who is selective about the foods they will eat and may refuse to try new foods.
However, there are ways to help your kid become more open to trying new foods. In this blog, our ADHD pediatricians will discuss tips to help you feed your picky eater.
Set A Good Example
One of the most effective ways to encourage your child to try new foods is to set a good example. Children are drawn to new foods if their parents and siblings eat them. Make sure to include a variety of foods in your diet and be open to trying new foods.
Introduce New Foods Slowly
Introducing new foods can be overwhelming for picky eaters. It’s important to go slowly and introduce new foods one at a time. Start with small amounts of the new food and gradually increase the amount over time. This will give your child time to adjust and get used to the new food.
Make Mealtime Fun
Mealtime should be an enjoyable experience for your child. Our ADHD pediatricians believe you can make mealtime fun by letting your child help you cook the food or create fun and colorful plates. You can also try using fun plates, cups, or utensils to make mealtime more appealing.
Don’t Force Your Child To Eat
Forcing your child to eat can create a negative association with food. Instead, provide various healthy options and let your child choose what they want to eat. If they refuse to try new food, don’t make a big deal out of it. Simply offer it again at a later time.
Get Professional Help
If you have tried these tips and your child is still not eating various foods, consulting with an ADHD pediatrician may be helpful. These professionals can help identify any underlying medical or behavioral issues contributing to picky eating and provide additional strategies for dealing with the problem.
At A Thru Z Pediatrics, our newborn pediatricians and healthcare professionals offer treatment for behavioral issues. We are here to help you and your child navigate the picky eating stage and develop healthy eating habits.
In addition, we also offer sick visits, annual well-child visits, and developmental screening to ensure your child is meeting all the milestones.
If you have any concerns about your child’s eating habits, don’t hesitate to contact us.