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Food Refusal

Food refusal is common in babies and children aged 9 months to 4 years.

Children can refuse food because they're..

  • Not hungry, don't like the food or are put off by the amount of food on their plate.
  • Seeking attention or not cooperating
  • Tired, unwell or teething
  • Distracted or wanting to play with the food
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Developing Healthy Eating Habbits

Developing healthy eating habbits sets the pattern for future behaviour. To develop healthy eating habbits...

  • The family should all eat the same food at regular meal times
  • Encourage independent eating, giving children their own crockery and cutlery
  • Avoid confrontation. To avoid stress, don't bribe or coax, force or threaten
  • Remove unwanted food without comment
  • Serve small portions
  • Don't use food to comfort or reward
  • Eat healthy balanced neals
  • Serve a variety of foods that have been cooked healthily.
  • Make food look attrative
  • Let the children shop and help cook, sometimes choose the menu. 
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