Signs of a picky eater
As a devoted parent,
it’s only natural that you feel anxious about your child’s developmental progress. Whether they’re improving academically or excelling in social activities, constant monitoring of your child at a young age can only benefit both you and them in the long run.
One of the areas of a parent’s concern for their child is their eating habits. When it comes to mealtime, almost every child has their own unique way of consuming food. Some children, however, might develop picky eating patterns.
The role of nutrition
Picky eating is generally defined as an unwillingness to try new foods altogether, along with possessing strong food preferences and avoidance of some familiar food.
While picky eating patterns might be tricky to spot at first, with your child usually behaving unpredictably in most of their actions, here’s a helpful infographic for mums everywhere to help them spot the young picky eaters in the family!
Signs of a Picky Eater
Dislikes eating fruits or vegetables
Plays with food
Irregular mealtime patterns
Eats in small quantities
No interest to try new or different foods
Only consumes their favourite food
*Please consult your healthcare professional for further confirmation.
1. Taylor, C. M., Steer, C. D., Hays, N. P., & Emmett, P. M. 2019. Growth and body composition in children who are picky eaters: a longitudinal view. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 73(6), 869-878.
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