Some children will eat anything; trying new foods and liking most things. Other children find this harder, sometimes struggling with different tastes and textures and limiting themselves to a few types of food.
Some children’s eating is affected by their emotions and helping them find ways to cope with difficult feelings and experiences is the key to improving their diet.
We know it is important that children have a varied and balanced diet with lots of fruit and vegetables. Parents want to do their best for their child and can feel really worried when their children are going through a picky phase.
Children can find it stressful too. It can cause a lot of family upset and this can make the problem more difficult to deal with.
It is important to remember most children get less fussy and begin to eat a wider range of foods as they get older. Trying to keep calm and relaxed, can keep meal time stress levels down for the whole family.
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.
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