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ANY IDEAS HOW TO GET A PICKY EATER

TO TRY NEW FOODS. ITS HARD TO GET MY 7 YO AUTISTIC SON TO TRY SOMETHING ANYBODY HAVE ANY IDEAS

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19angie74

Asked by 19angie74 at 3:36 AM on Jan. 2, 2011 in Food & Drink

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  • Just keep offering them with absolutely no pressure at all. Kids grow out of pickiness as long as it hasn't been made into a national emergency at the dinner table.

    If there is a whole meal of food he doesn't want to eat (and you suspect he's narrowing his previously larger taste range) allow him to eat it or be hungry --his choice, not yours-- and keep it stored in a healthy manner until the next meal. That way, he can take it or leave it as he chooses, but there isn't anything else to choose from until it's gone (or the next meal is served.)

    Do not offer bribes, unless you'd like to devalue both the bribery item (like dessert) and whatever it is you're trying to get him to eat. Oh, and unless you're willing to devalue the trust in your relationship and how important you are to him.

    Do not 'hide' foods in other foods, for the same reason you don't want him hoarding foods or hiding what he is eating ... it's devious.
    LindaClement

    Answer by LindaClement at 4:45 AM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • You may want to coordinate this with his therapy. First, make sure that he is drinking water, so he doesn't get dehydrated.
    Frozen foods are fun to play with, and will get eaten, like peas, blueberries and corn. Chunks of avocado and tofu are loaded with great nutrition.
    Offer cut fruits with yogurt dip, fresh veggies with hummus (lots of calcium, protein, iron, healthy fats) or salad dressing, cooked whole wheat pasta and veggies with marinara or peanut sauce or cheese sauce.
    We use the 3 bite rule. You must try 3 bites of what is on your plate; if you don't like it, you fix yourself peanut butter and honey on whole grain toast with a kiwi or apple.
    Keep offering a variety of healthy foods; stop buying junk foods until the picky phase has passed. Make sure that you are setting a great example by eating a variety of healthy foods
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 8:19 AM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • Have him prepare healthy foods with you. Salads are fun to tear. Take him to the Farmers Market and let him choose something. if you have space plant a small garden and let him harvest. Makes the food so much more personal and tasty too.
    shivasgirl

    Answer by shivasgirl at 2:29 PM on Jan. 2, 2011

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