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Fussy Eaters: How to Complete Their Nutritional Needs

Written by
Krystel Quadros
and medically reviewed by Preetha J

Published on Nov 02, 2018 and last reviewed on Apr 23, 2022   -  4 min read

Abstract

Are you tired of tantrums and worried about the incomplete nutrition of your child? If yes, then glance through the article below to find its solution.

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Fussy Eaters: How to Complete Their Nutritional Needs

What Is Fussy Eating in Children?

Faddy eating of children is a source of stress for nearly all parents. It is commonly seen among toddlers. Fussy eating is one of the feeding difficulties in which there is either a denial to consume familiar foods or try new food options. Picky eaters also have strong preferences for food. Almost half of them turn down tasting a new food half of the time. It is typical because toddlers need less food to grow than newborns, as their growth is comparatively slower than babies. Hence, children may not be able to eat properly at mealtimes or may directly refuse to eat something. But, do not worry about it. Consider their eating patterns over a long period, like a week. If a child has optimal body weight and performs activities at an average pace, he is said to be physically growing normally.

Fussy eating habits result in a poor diet and incomplete nutrition in children. A child's diet should consist of all the macronutrients in their appropriate amounts. Having correct eating patterns and habits is vital for the child's overall growth and development and prevents health issues in the future. However, each child is different and has a distinct taste and liking or disliking for a particular food. So, a standard diet plan cannot be applied to all. Instead, a customized one is required. Making the child aware of the various foods available around him helps to identify and recognize his soft spots, and these should be paid heed to while preparing his meals. A toddler's dietary habits can be modified as taking small feeds daily with an interval of three hours, along with two snacks in between the meals.

How to Deal With Fussy Eaters?

Several methods can be used to overcome fussy eating in children. They are as follows:

How to Make Kids Excited for Food?

Conclusion:

Fussy eating is normal in children, and it can be tackled by adopting various techniques in the diet. However, it is imperative to recognize it and treat it early to avoid the consequences of incomplete nutrition and poor health for your child.

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