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Tips for dealing with Picky eaters

December 3, 2020

Struggling with your fussy eating kid? Give your picky eaters the opportunity to play with their food and help them become more accepting of new foods. Feeding a Picky eater is a challenge to the mother but reinforcing healthy eating habits right from the start can be a great way to handle picky eating.

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Issue :

Meal Refusal


  • Make mealtimes positive. Don’t force.
  • Respect your child’s appetite.
  • Ignore occasionally skipped meals
  • Fix a time for snacks and avoid allowing snack after an incomplete meal.


Does not try variety


  • Offer small amounts of new food, especially when hungry/ when the child is with children who eat that food.
  • 10 to 15 trials expected before acceptance.
  • Involve the child in food preparation and tasting


Avoids vegetables


  • Offer vegetables in colourful variety for baby to choose a snack or meal.
  • Better to serve vegetables - raw or lightly cooked
  • Try adding pureed vegetables such as carrots, zucchini, beets, squash, and red peppersto sauces, soups and baked goods.
  • Elicit participation in kitchen gardening and vegetable shopping.


Meals are a very long and time consuming processes


  • Avoid distractions like the TV, Friends, etc.,
  • Sit with your child; reinforce finishing the meal with you, preferably in 30 minutes.

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Tips for parents to deal with their little ones:

  • Your child has a small stomach, so allow short, frequent meals to facilitate digestion.
  • Even leftover portions of the previous meal can be served, at times, in an appealing manner.
  • Serve milk always after the meals as it may suppress the appetite but serve water in between meals
  • Avoid high-calorie foods (processed/ packed foods) and high-calorie beverages (Milkshakes/ ice cream shakes, etc.,) before meals as your child may feel full after consuming them.
  • Your kitchen store can have foods like chikki, khakra, ladoo, as against zero calorie foods.
  • Avoid monotony as a means of attempting new tastes.

If you too have such tips and tricks that you have been using to feed your toddler, share it with us in the comment section below. Happy Parenting!

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Contributed by -

Ms Lekha Vyas,

Nutritionist for Mumbai


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