Health Tip: Feeding Picky Eaters

Suggestions to get them eating

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(HealthDay News) -- Many children are finicky about what they'll eat. If you're attempting to coax a picky eater to try more foods, follow these suggestions from the University of California, San Francisco:

  • Give your child a variety of foods to choose from, including a fruit, vegetable, protein and starch. Don't only offer foods you know your child will eat.
  • Don't give your child too many high-calorie drinks, which could fill her up and keep her from wanting to eat.
  • Stick to a meal schedule, so that your child will be hungry at mealtime.
  • Keep meals pleasant, in an environment free of TV, argument or stressful conversation.
  • If your child won't eat, don't prepare a different meal just to satisfy her. She'll have another opportunity to eat at her next meal in a few hours.
  • Continue offering your child foods that she has once refused. Her eating habits may change.

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