One of the most common frustrations for parents is when they have a picky eater on their hands. How common is it for a child to be considered a picky eater? In a study of 120 children who were studied from the age of 2 to 11, up to 22% of them were labeled a picky eater at one stage or another in their development.
Picky eating typically means that a child refuses to eat certain foods often or insists on eating the same foods over and over. While picky eating usually peaks in the toddler and preschool years, sometimes it can carry over into adulthood as well.
Parents may worry that their picky eater is not getting adequate nutrition for their growth and development, but in most cases, he is. However, it’s still important to address the issue in order to avoid nightly power struggles at the dinner table, not to mention the possibility that your child might develop a limited diet that could last their entire life.
If you find yourself at your wit’s end with your child when it comes to meal time, here are eight things you can do (and avoid) to help broaden your child’s diet.