Don’t just give them what they want. They will have a harder time breaking free from this if their favorite foods are all that is offered.
2. No snacks two hours before meal
If possible don’t give them any snacks the two hours before the family meal so that your child is hungry when you all sit down to eat. Don’t let them starve. Give them a small snack if they need one.
3. Offer them a variety of foods
When you all sit down to eat together offer them a good variety of food like something with protein, some fruit, or a type of vegetable that you think they will eat. Then your child can pick and choose from that and feel that they are part of the meal.
4. Involve them in grocery shopping
Let your child help you a little when grocery shopping and cooking. They may try new foods if they are excited about it being their idea.
Have a baby who says they are full and then begs for dessert? I have found that my child eats the dessert first and then go on to eat the other foods. My husband thought it was counterproductive, and to be honest I did too but it worked. I guess all they can think about is that sweet yummy flavor, but once they eat it and their sweet tooth is satisfied they continue to eat because they are still hungry.Consider supplemental nutrition as the child gets their normal appetite back. This will allow normal growth to be maintained by giving them the nutrients they need. Try offering a high calorie, high protein formula with added vitamins and minerals. If you know they will drink something then give them These supplemental drinks can be given between meals so that the child has time to become hungry for the meal.
Food Neophobia, Avoidant Restricted Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), and Selective Eating Disorder (SED) are not the same as picky eating. Most young children to go through phases where they don’t want to eat certain foods, and this is normal. Some children are just fussy eaters. Young children often only have the desire to eat the same foods over and over again, but a favorite food one day may suddenly be pushed away the next. Your child may eat a lot one day only to eat small amounts for several days to follow.If your child was eating normally and then just started refusing foods, all the sudden, as a toddler or preschooler does sometimes then it is more than likely a phase of just picky eating. Children with SED often have a reaction when unfamiliar foods are put in front of them. They might start gagging, vomiting, crying, and shaking. This is more than just picky eating. Children with SED often have no physical issue that would inhibit feeding, such as difficulties chewing or swallowing.If you try everything I presented earlier in the article, and your child continues to have issues eating consider seeking help from a professional. I am not a doctor and the advice I offer should in no way take precedence over a doctor’s advice. This is what worked for me and my child, and your situation may be different.