As you may know, mealtimes when your child has a feeding issue can be extremely trying! And can put a strain on your relationship with your child. As a mom, we understand that all you want is for your child to eat their food, so that you can rest assured they’re getting all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals they need to be healthy and grow well.
Research shows that more than 50% of mothers worldwide have at least 1 child with a feeding issue. This equates to approximately 25% of all children.1,2 So, don’t be hard on yourself - you are not alone!
Sensory Feeding Issues
These are issues where something about the food is overwhelming or uncomfortable to a child, and include the way the food:2
If you are struggling to find a way to deal with, and overcome your child’s feeding issues, here are some helpful tips to help you through these tricky and trying situations:1,4
Most important is to never force your child to eat. As stressful as it may be, rather work towards a goal of overcoming the issue together. Reward your child with positive words when he/she takes a bite and swallows. Help them feel like they have accomplished something magical by finishing their food – reward them with longer playing time or more bubbles in their bath.
References: 1. Kerzner B, et al. Pediatr 2015;135(2):344-353. 2. Yang HR. Korean J Pediatr 2017;60(12):379-384. 3. Babbitt RL, et al. J Dev Behav Pediatr 1994;15:278-291. 4. Kerzner B. Clin Pediatr 2009;48(9):960-965.