Are picky eaters just spoiled?
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For many of you, just the title of this blog may have been triggering (I’m so sorry if it is!). Unfortunately, parents of picky eaters are often the recipients of unsolicited (and often judging) advice such as the one above.
Here are some other ones I commonly hear:
- They just need more discipline
- If they’re hungry they will eat
- You’re giving them too much junk food
- You need to be stricter
- They’ll grow out of it
Statements like these can leave parents feeling like they “did something wrong” or are a “bad parent.”
My heart always breaks a bit when I hear this. Especially because most of the time these same parents are doing EVERYTHING in their power to help their child eat a greater variety of foods, while trying to maintain their nutrition.
But picky eating can stem from a VARIETY of causes. For example, infants who have reflux or GERD often have difficulty transitioning to solid foods. Other kids have sensory processing disorder and have a hard time eating, or even touching, foods with certain textures. Some kids have oral motor delays or muscle weakness that impacts their ability to chew and manipulate certain foods in their mouth.
The bottom line is, that every kid is different. Picky eating does not equate to being “spoiled.” There is typically an underlying reason that needs to be addressed. In order to truly figure out why your kid is a picky eater it’s important to reach out to someone who specializes in feeding disorders to get down to the root cause. This person can help guide you on how to help YOUR picky eater.
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