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My six yr. old daughter is a picky eater. Won't try anything new? Help?

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Asked by CDB300 at 8:44 PM on Jul. 15, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • she gets what she gets and that is it. dont give in.

    Answer by jennifer588 at 8:46 PM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • Do you try new foods? Eat foods you don't like? Keep healthy foods in the house. Don't make eating a battle.


    Answer by Gailll at 9:06 PM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • we have a feeding therapist we work with through early intervention. Look up the SOS feeding therapy. It has really worked for us. Basically, offer lots of a variety and offer it family style. Play with it. Let her know its ok to spit it out if she doesn't like it. Most importantly, don't make a big deal if she doesn't eat it but praise the hell out of her if she does! Another good thing to try is to let her help you prepare the meal and make a big deal about what a good chef she is. Good luck I know how frustrating it can be!

    Answer by MommyH2 at 9:17 PM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • Our 5 yr old was (and sometimes still is) a picky eater. When we really want him to try something, like pasta, we would first require that 1-3 pieces be on his plate. He didn't need to touch them, try them, they just had to sit there looking at him. It took a while, but he eventually tried them. Now he will actually eat pasta if there is nothing else that interests him. He will, however, eat fruit and veggies until the cows come home.

    I also think that the more that kids see you eating different foods, without being forced to try them, the more open they will be in the long run. My older kids were on the pickier side but we always took them for more exotic foods that we loved. We just brought something else for them to eat. Now they suggest going for Ethiopian or Indian food on their own. It takes time but if you are open, they will be too.

    Answer by balagan_imma at 11:32 PM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • One family, one meal. Eat or don't eat. Don't offer an alternative. A child will not starve themselves.

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 8:17 AM on Jul. 16, 2010

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