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Dr. Christine Wood
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Picky Eater (Definition)

A picky eater is a person who will only eat a few varieties of food or drink. He usually picks out the "undesirable" items from his plate and put them aside, only eating the other items he likes. A very picky eater usually will ...Read more


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What's the best way to get a 20-month old picky eater to get all of her nutrients?

What's the best way to get a 20-month old picky eater to get all of her nutrients?

Encourage and Offer: Many toddlers and young children are picky eaters by our standards. Kids tend to like a few items very well and eat them daily for months. We as parents still should offer variety (not force). Shape and different colors and texture make a difference. Eat healthy your self and offer only healthy and your child will do fine. They never starve. Be patient. ...Read more

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What type of food should I start feeding my 6 month old baby so that she does not become a picky eater?

What type of food should I start feeding my 6 month old baby so that she does not become a picky eater?

Balance: Feed your baby a balance of foods beginning with various cereals and pureed foods. Allow her to experience a variety of tastes and textures. As she gets older various finger foods , are important to offer. Continue to feed many foods, even those she doesn't like as much. Even with the best of efforts many toddlers will become picky eaters ...Read more

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My 14 month old is such a picky eater and he will not drink his whole milk. I know it cannot be healthy. Any tips?

My 14 month old is such a picky eater and he will not drink his whole milk. I know it cannot be healthy. Any tips?

Independent toddler: Offer and don't force foods and beverage, however, provide as best of a "balanced" diet as you can. Remember, toddler's are not sophisticated with varieties of foods like most adults. Consider creative ways to introduce food items. If milk is an important liquid to offer in your home, try mixing with flavors or create a smoothie. Don't let him see you stress out! ...Read more

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36 month old toddler is underweight. Doctor said he needs higher fat foods; recommended lots of whole milk all day. What are other choices for healthy high fats for a picky eater?

36 month old toddler is underweight. Doctor said he needs higher fat foods; recommended lots of whole milk all day.  What are other choices for healthy high fats for a picky eater?

See below: There are yogurts, or kefir's that children usually like. Whole grain pasta, cheeses, fruits, veggies, meats (not processed). Keep meal times the same and try to eat together (if possible). Offer the same or very similar food to your toddler, but also have 1 things that he likes in case he refuses to eat. Persistence is a key and keep offering the food even if the child says 'no'. ...Read more

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My 2 yr old is being a picky eater. Sometimes she wont eat a meal during the whole day but will eat fruits & have milk. Is this normal for her age?

My 2 yr old is being a picky eater. Sometimes she wont eat a meal during the whole day but will eat fruits & have milk. Is this normal for her age?

Picky eater: You child tripled her birth weight during her first year of life. In order to keep up with that growth she needed the calories and ate a lot. Now she will be putting on 2-5 pounds a year. Consequently she doesnt need so many calories and she becomes choosy or picky in what she eats. Have her"graze" instead of a formal meal. ...Read more

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How do I get my 2 year old son to eat, he is a picky eater!?

How do I get my 2 year old son to eat, he is a picky eater!?

Picky eaters: Picky eating habits will drive most parents crazy. At 2 yr the grow rate has slowed to ~5lb/3inch/yr which is much slower than earlier. Feeding matches need. Most feed well 4 days a month & nibble the rest. Single item days are common (breads, veggies, etc) & a balanced week is more common than a balanced meal. If you only offer nutritious choices, they'll get what they need. Discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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My 2 year old is a very picky eater. Will this affect his growth?

My 2 year old is a very picky eater. Will this affect his growth?

Unlikely: A natural drop in feeding happens as growth slows from a 14lb/10in/yr in 1st yr to a 5lb/4inch/yr in 2nd. They also drive you crazy with their food selections. I expect todlers to feed well about 4-5 days a month, grazing & picky for the rest. Vitamins are ok if you want but most do well without. I like liquid vits at that age, not the candy vits. Todlers may find & ingest adult look alike meds. ...Read more

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My 2 year old is very picky eater. How do I make sure he's getting enough food?

My 2 year old is very picky eater. How do I make sure he's getting enough food?

Is he growing: At that age i expect a kid to eat well 3-5 days a month and nibble the rest.This follows a reduction in growth rate from 14 lb/yr ; 10 in/yr to 4 lb and 3 in/yr. If his intake sustains normal activities for age and his growth is stable (checkups), it is likely fine.Try not to be seduced into offering junk food as his intake/d will stop when his internal monitor says to. ...Read more

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