Advice for Picky Eaters (Washington Post)

Posted on Nov 24 2015 - 3:51pm by Beth
green veggies Dr. Bennett is a pediatrician from Washington, and he's an author of the book Max Archer, Kid Detective:  The Case of the Recurring Stomaches.  He wrote an article about "picky eaters" in the Washington Post offering tips for parents. When I came across this article in my newsfeed, I had to stop and read it right away.  Personally, I have a picky eater who is underweight so I couldn't wait to read the advice posted in the article.  In our experience, we went from doctor to doctor, test to test, and tried weight gain medicine.  At some point, I decided to let it all go and trust that my child was healthy even though he was off the charts underweight. The article talks about the following topics: *Caloric needs to change in early childhood *Portion sizes in young children *Why children resist new foods *Sensory food aversions *Avoid eating struggles with your child *Why it's hard to be relaxed if you have a "picky eater" *Techniques that encourage children to try new foods *Medical conditions that cause feeding problems I found the article helpful, and it gave me some piece of mind to know that many of our "challenge eating behaviors" are normal.  I really like the idea of looking at the week as a whole instead of focusing on each meal or the daily intake.