Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Health Tip: Feeding Picky Eaters

(HealthDay News) -- Many children are finicky about what they'll eat. If you're attempting to coax a picky eater to try more foods, follow these suggestions from the University of California, San Francisco:

Give your child a variety of foods to choose from, including a fruit, vegetable, protein and starch. Don't only offer foods you know your child will eat.

Don't give your child too many high-calorie drinks, which could fill her up and keep her from wanting to eat.

Stick to a meal schedule, so that your child will be hungry at mealtime.

Keep meals pleasant, in an environment free of TV, argument or stressful conversation.

If your child won't eat, don't prepare a different meal just to satisfy her. She'll have another opportunity to eat at her next meal in a few hours.

Continue offering your child foods that she has once refused. Her eating habits may change.

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