Nutrition Strategies for Parents with Fussy Eating Kids
Worried your child’s fussy eating is impacting their health and development? Expert Dietitian Susie Burrell recommends a focus on behavioural and nutritional strategies to support your fussy eater to increase the range of food they’ll eat, as well as their nutritional intake. Here are the key take outs from Susie’s video.
Stop the food talk. The next time you’re tempted to make a big deal out of fussy eating, think again, advises Susie: ‘Children are less likely to continue something they are being ignored doing.'
Get them hungry! ‘Once children reach the age of 12 months, they actually don’t need a lot of food! In an attempt to get them hungry at the right times, try and limit the snacks they have in the afternoon.’
Keep offering the same foods. Just when you’re tempted to create a masterpiece in the kitchen, Susie suggests keeping mealtimes simple. ‘Over time, they’ll learn that they’ll receive the same meal, and know that they won’t be given a sweeter option such as milk or fruit if they don’t eat their meal.’
Keep the foods you want them to eat at home. ‘Small children can only eat the foods you offer them. Focus on natural, healthy, unprocessed foods to steer your child towards healthier options'.
Boost their nutrition. If you’re still stuck in a fussy eating rut, remember you’re not alone. ‘There’s a range of nutritionally complete oral nutritional supplements such as PediaSure, which have a favourable taste profile for children, that can be included in the diets of fussy eaters to tick the box on essential nutrients such as iron, calcium and zinc to ensure they’re receiving the daily nutrients they need for optimal growth and development.’
The prevalence of fussy eating
Diets of fussy eater and its impact on growth and development
Nutrition strategies for parents with fussy eaters
How oral nutritional supplements, like PediaSure, provide fussy eaters with essential nutrients