(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.