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Are Your Kids Fussy Eaters? Exploring the Impact of Dietetics

Dealing with fussy eaters is a common struggle for many parents, leading to concerns about whether their children are getting the necessary nutrients for healthy development. Figuring out how to ensure your kids get all the nutrients they need, without the dinner drama, can feel like you're facing a giant hurdle. We’ll help you understand the causes behind picky eating and help implement strategies from dietetics that can make mealtime less stressful and more nutritious.


Causes of Picky Eating

  • Developmental Stages: As children grow, they seek independence, including making their own food choices. This exploration can manifest as pickiness.


  • Sensory Sensitivities: Some children are more sensitive to textures, tastes, or smells, which can limit their willingness to try new foods.


  • Emotional and Social Influences: Children often mirror the eating habits of their parents or siblings. Stress and anxiety can also affect their eating habits.


  • Lack of Exposure: Not being introduced to a variety of foods at an early age may lead to a reluctance to try new things later on.

Tips to Help Fussy Eaters

  • Introduce New Foods Slowly: Pair new items with familiar favourites. Don’t overwhelm your child with an entirely new plate of food.


  • Involve Your Child in Meal Preparation: This can increase interest in eating the food they’ve helped to make.


  • Create a Positive Mealtime Atmosphere: Keep mealtime stress-free and avoid pressuring your child to eat.


  • Offer Variety without Overwhelming: Present small portions of multiple foods to encourage tasting without the pressure of finishing large quantities.


  • Be a Role Model: Eat a variety of healthy foods yourself. Children are more likely to try new foods if they see their parents enjoying them.


  • Consistency is Key: Regularly offer new foods without turning it into a battle. It might take a few tries before that broccoli gets a nibble.

Schedule an appointment with a nutrition expert


Dietetics emphasises the importance of a balanced diet for children's growth and development. A consultation with our amazing dietitian, Elia, can provide personalised advice tailored to your child’s nutritional needs and preferences. By understanding the causes of picky eating and adopting supportive strategies, parents can guide their children toward healthier eating habits for a lifetime. Book here or give us a call on 4661 5577.

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