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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