Healthy Eating Habits for Fussy Eaters
- After six months of age, begin introducing a wide range of foods with different textures and flavors. An early introduction will help a child build better eating habits.
- A healthy eating pattern consists of well-spaced food times including three meals and two snacks. These snacks should be healthy, nutrient-dense, and small in quantity. It is prescribed to avoid snacks that are sweet and salty foods. An early introduction may become a lifetime preference.
- Essential nutrients come from a balanced diet with foods from different food groups. Get your child involved while choosing a menu for the day.
- Ensure your child drinks 3-4 cups of water daily. Do not give fluids one to two hours before mealtime. Between mealtimes, it’s better to let children drink water or diluted juice as a large quantity of juice or milk can block hunger.
- Children eat much less than adults. Serve smaller portions of food for children so that they don’t get overwhelmed with the quantity of food they are expected to eat.