Children who can be described as “picky eaters” demonstrate food avoidance and usually eat only a limited number of foods. Picky eating behavior is a common childhood disorder and can lead to a breakdown in parent-child interaction. Reasons for picky eating behaviours in children can include:1,2
As one can deduce, there may be significant negative consequences for the child who is a picky eater:1,2
A child who is a picky eater will show the following behaviours:2
Picky eating can be helped. Talk to your healthcare professional and ask about the right nutritional supplement for your child if you suspect your child to be a picky eater.
References: 1. Alarcon PA, Lin L-H, Noche Jr. M, et al. Effect of Oral Supplementation on Catch-Up Growth in Picky Eaters. Clin Pediatr 2003;42:209-217. 2. Kumar KP, Srikrishna S, Pavan I, et al. Prevalence of picky eating behavior and its impact on growth in preschool children. Int J Contemp Pediatr 2018;5(3):714-719.