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June 22nd, 2009, 04:06 PM
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Many parents of toddlers are concerned about their child’s picky eating. It is not uncommon for toddlers and preschoolers to be picky about what they eat, in fact, according to a recent study by the American Dietetic Association, as many as 50 percent of caretakers considered their child to be a picky eater.
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June 22nd, 2009, 04:06 PM
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My daughter Julia is an extremely picky eater. I think she'd live on pasta and cheese if I let her. We have the two bite rule at our house, and even though she will still refuse, she knows the rules. I also make sure to include her in cooking and grocery shopping. This article has some great ideas for ways to help your picky eater!
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June 22nd, 2009, 06:47 PM
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I'm bookmarking this one! My 3 year old Mason is VERY picky. It's such a struggle in our house to get him to eat what we're eating.
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February 25th, 2010, 06:36 AM
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Samuel basically loves healthy things, fruits and veggies, the one thing he won't eat is meat (other than chicken nuggets)! The things I'm always worried about is whether he's eating enough! His one year old brother eats more than he does!!
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I feel that a lot of eating problems start very early. I have read in another article (and on consideration feel this has so much merit, not just for children but adults too!) that it is not so much the taste as the texture.

Have you a child that will eat a piece of apple or carrot stick but will not each mushy apple from a spoon?

Do you dislike natural oysters, but will eat oysters kilpatrick forever and a day? (That's me! I love crunchy food and hate soft slippery food!)

The difference in both these examples is the texture.

My suggestion is to test your child and find out what texture they like then start giving food in that style rather than the one they rejected.

For toddlers this is more difficult because they have formed strong opinions by then but with some coercion you might get the results you want eventually.

Hope this helps.

To prove a point, check with your friends and ask them what their favorite foods are and what they hate, I bet you will come up with some textural differences!
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January 5th, 2011, 07:24 AM
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I feel that a lot of eating problems start very early. I have read in another article (and on consideration feel this has so much merit, not just for children but adults too!) that it is not so much the taste as the texture.

Have you a child that will eat a piece of apple or carrot stick but will not each mushy apple from a spoon?

Do you dislike natural oysters, but will eat oysters kilpatrick forever and a day? (That's me! I love crunchy food and hate soft slippery food!)

The difference in both these examples is the texture.

My suggestion is to test your child and find out what texture they like then start giving food in that style rather than the one they rejected.

For toddlers this is more difficult because they have formed strong opinions by then but with some coercion you might get the results you want eventually.

Hope this helps.

To prove a point, check with your friends and ask them what their favorite foods are and what they hate, I bet you will come up with some textural differences!
I definitely think you have a good point on texture. When my son was going through feeding therapy that was one of the things the therapist suggested - if he likes something try adding a different texture to it so we were building on the things he liked. He still is extremely picky and the things he won't eat all seem to be related to the texture of it. He has an autism disorder and sensory issues too. What you are saying makes a lot of sense to me.
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