My 5-year-old daughter only wants to eat noodles with butter
and pancakes. What do I do?
It can be frustrating when kids want to eat the same thing
every day - but it's not uncommon. Encourage them to try at
least a few bites of different nutritious foods at each meal. Kids
are often slow to accept new tastes and textures, so you may
have to present a food 10 to 15 times before they'll try
Look for recipes with ingredients your kids like, and invite
them to join you in the grocery shopping, cooking, and serving of
foods. Don't let them fill up on juice, and try offering
veggies as between-meal snacks.
It's important not to let a child's pickiness become a
source of mealtime tension. You shouldn't cook special meals
just for a picky eater, but do include something he or she
likes in every meal. And although it might be tempting, don't
use food as a reward. Telling kids they can have a cookie if
they eats their broccoli only reinforces the appeal of the cookie
over the veggies.
For more information, check out these articles:
Kids and Food: 10 Tips for Parents
Toddlers at the Table: Avoiding Power Struggles
Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: January 2007
Originally reviewed by:
Neil Izenberg, MD
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