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Reid06 - picky eaters 5/30/2012 2:02:15 PM
   
My child is a very picky eater and seems to only like foods with very little nutrients. How do I get my child to eat healthy foods that he needs to help him grow and do well in school?

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PinnaclePediatrician - RE:picky eaters 6/4/2012 9:41:00 AM
   
Reid,
There are a lot of picky eaters out there.  The advice I give depends on the age.  If they are school-age as this child apprears to be I suggest a gradual, non-pressure approach. I suggest that the child be allowed to pick one fruit and one vegetable to add to his or her diet each year (that's right, each year which is not overwhelming to the child).  The deal is that the child has to eat the food without complaining when it is served.  Every year a new fruit and vegetable is added to the list.  By the time the child leaves home he will be eating a good variety of fruits and vegetables.  To get to the fruit or vegetable that they will pick they will have to try one bite of a variety so they can choose. A daily vitamin can be given to cover the vitamins that may be low in their diet. It never seems to work to just force a child to eat as it turns into a battle. A lot of kids will like junk foods and fast foods. Try to limit these or use them as a reward if the child eats healthier most of the time.

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SoccerMom - RE:picky eaters 6/5/2012 2:33:24 PM
   
Reid,
This may sound silly, but for my first born (who was just impossible to feed anything healthy) my husband and I used to make up stories with the foods that we knew he wouldn't typically want to eat. For example, one night we pretended broccoli was trees, we cut a baked sweet potato in the shape of a little boat with a toothpick flag in it, and gave him animal shaped chicken nuggets. My son loved it, and didn't think twice about eating it (with a glob of butter of course)!!
Silly advice, but it worked for us, hopefully it works for you as well.

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JessicaLynn - RE:picky eaters 6/15/2012 1:50:06 PM
   
Been there, done that! I'll tell ya what really worked with my daughter.. I made a chart with each color of the rainbow on it, and a column for each day of the week. I told my daughter that each week we were going to build at least 2 rainbows, which meant that everytime she ate a fruit or vegetable that was a color of the rainbow, she got to check it off. I didn't think it would turn out as well as it did... she LOVED it! At the end of the week if she built at least 2 rainbows we got to bake a dessert of her choice. 

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Reid06 - RE:picky eaters 6/22/2012 9:35:33 AM
   
thank you for the advice everyone! the idea about the rainbow chart is awesome, i'm definitely going to test that out this weekend!!

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micha - RE:picky eaters 7/16/2012 3:08:16 PM
   
both of my twin boys were picky eaters so my husband and i had to get creative... for breakfast we would cut up fruit and let the boys make faces with it on their plate. The best fruits to do this with are bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and grapes. The boys really liked pizza every time we ordered it from Brother's so for lunch or dinner I would make them mini pizzas on whole grain english muffins with tomato sauce, chopped veggies, reduced fat cheese, and sometimes sausage. The boys loved it and it was definitely healthier than the pizza shop!

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