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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

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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I am a picky eater, how do I ensure that my baby gets the proper nutrition in the womb?

I am a picky eater, how do I ensure that my baby gets the proper nutrition in the womb?

Food groups: try to eat from all the food groups- fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, grains, protein, dairy, healthy fats- nuts healthy carbohydrates etc. Consult with your OB doctor about prenatal vitamins, Folic acid is usually given to prevent neural tube defects. Try to eat a variety of foods, variety of colors from different foods. Prepare you foods well- cooking to prevent infection from raw foods. ...Read more

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Picky eater not a veggie\fruit lover during 32w pregnant. Not a varied diet but overall healthy. Take daily multivitamins. Concern for baby?

Picky eater not a veggie\fruit lover during 32w pregnant.  Not a varied diet but overall healthy. Take daily multivitamins.  Concern for baby?

Ok: If you have been a picky eater all your life there is not much you can do now. Ideally, a balanced, varied diet during pregnancy is recommended, but in your case it seems like you are doing the best you can. ...Read more

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My 14mo son is a picky eater, who doesn't like textures still. I give him baby cereal in organic cows milk to supplement his diet. Is that ok to do?

My 14mo son is a picky eater, who doesn't like textures still. I give him baby cereal in organic cows milk to supplement his diet. Is that ok to do?

Texture aversion: Texture aversions can be caused by a few different things, but a swallowing study with a trained speech or occupational therapist may be in order to evaluate for physical causes for your son's symptoms. In the interim, supplementing with cows milk and cereals (provided he has no cow milk sensitivity or lactose intolerance) should not be harmful. Pediasure is another alternative supplement. ...Read more

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Any tips for a very picky eater?

Any tips for a very picky eater?

Yes: Let her get hungry for real. No juice, no snacks, and "i'm hungry, but only for what i like" does not mean that she's hungry. "i'm hungry for whatever you got" - now that is hungry. ...Read more

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How can I eat healthily if i'm a picky eater?

How can I eat healthily if i'm a picky eater?

Picky eaters: It depends what you pick at and how you mix your foods. Some proteins are incomplete. Selective malnutrition and hypovitaminosis would be common with picky eaters. Be careful. ...Read more

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How can I get a picky eater to try new foods?

Easy: Do NOT insist. Ask him if he wants the food. If he doesn't then insist that he remains at the table until all are finished. If he takes food and doesn't eat it, put it in the refrigerator and warm it up for the next meal. Do not substitute; hunger will win in the end. Be "cruel" to be "kind". You are responsible for providing food but it is the child that eats it or not -- his decision. ...Read more

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I'm a picky eater how can i gain weight im 16 and 92 lbs?

I'm a picky eater how can i gain weight im 16 and 92 lbs?

Calorie dense foods: Eating calorie dense foods such as nuts, heavy cream, butter, fatty fishes, dried prunes, and avocado can help increase your daily calorie intake and assist in the desired weight gain. Supplements for weight gain would be inferior in quality to whole foods which are readily available and much less expensive. ...Read more

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What is the best way to stay healthy if you are a picky eater?

Pick well: Try to include healthy foods in your limited menu. Add condiments or sauces that you like to foods you may not like. Try to taste one new food each week. Vitamins are only part of a healthy diet, so supplements may be partially helpful. Nutritional supplements such as ensure may also be used. Check with your doctor for help, & possible referral to a nutrionist. ...Read more