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Self-help: Encouraging your child to eat

If your child is overly fussy about certain food or refuses to eat, the following hints may be helpful:

Getting a child to eat
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  • Keep the atmosphere relaxed at mealtimes. Do not put pressure on your child to eat everything on his or her plate.
  • Serve small portions. You can always give second helpings.
  • Avoid too many snacks and excessive fluids between meals.
  • Be imaginative when preparing food. Cut sandwiches into decorative shapes and create “pictures” on the plate with fruit and vegetables.
  • Do not persist in offering rejected foods. Keep them off the menu for a week or two.
  • Avoid distractions, such as toys or television, at mealtimes.

Posted 04.05.2011

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