Help For Picky Eaters
With Food Allergies

Okay, does any of this sound familiar:

  • limiting food choices by only eating a few foods?
  • disrupting meals with fussiness and whining?
  • chewing food for long periods of time, only to spit it out?
  • exhibiting odd behaviour patterns like eating a specific color, shape or brand of food?

If so, you have a picky eater!

When a child has an allergy, it can be worrying if they refuse other nutritious foods like vegetables and meats. Don't worry: many children are picky eaters.

As long as your child is growing normally and is active, there is very little to be concerned about. From toddlers to teens, the strategies in the article below will help you learn how to cope with a child who is a picky eater...without being deceptive.

Getting children to eat better is not very easy to do. Children sometimes judge food by the look or the smell and refuse to eat it based on their quick assessment. When you want to encourage your child to eat you may need to tone it down a bit.

Children at any age make a quick decision about a food by the looks of it. If they smell it, your child may come to you and express how they feel about that smell and how they are going to refuse to eat the food when it is ready. Sure enough, when they sit down to eat you may not get them to even try it. In order to make dinner more enjoyable, you will need to remember to stick to the basics. Try simple recipes that only enhance the food instead of covering up the food.

  • As gross as it may sound, add round pieces of bread on top of meatballs and dot the center of the piece of bread to give it an eyeball look. Children love it.
  • When you make your own bread, pita pockets, or tortilla shells add food coloring to the dough to give it a different color. Kids will love the variety of color that comes on their plate.
  • Arrange their food in a certain shape, such as a face or design. This makes eating fun and before they know it they will have eaten everything on their plate.
  • Make their plates decorative. Buy paper plates that you can cut out and design to make it fun for the children.
  • When you prepare a particular food differently it also gives it a different smell. Try fixing the food that they won’t eat differently.
  • Another idea is to rename the food in order to get them to try it. Instead of cornbread you may want to call it "Johnny Cake." Most of the time, it is simple things like this that will allow the children to try it one time in order to find that they like it better. Never lie to them just be creative.
  • For lunch you can make your child individual tray meals that will have what they like on it. Put your child's name on the plate and stick it in the freezer. When your child is ready for it they can pop it in the microwave and heat it up to have a meal that they love and you prepared. This is also a good idea if you have something for dinner that they don't like.

As children get older their taste alters as well and they may like foods that they never would try when they were younger. Fixing more than one meal every night is not only expensive but you end up in the kitchen for a very long period of time trying to satisfy everyone's taste. Eating foods should not be a chore for children. Once they start to eat their meals, the better their eating habits will be and they will be able to eat more and eat better. A good rule of thumb is to give a child the size portion that is compared to their fist when it is closed. If they can eat that much you can always give them more. Make their next mealtime fun and interesting tonight.

And as a treat make the kids some cupcakes; cover each cake in frosting and then you can use these cupcake decorating ideas for inspiration or let the kids decorate their own.

The author, Lisa Paterson, loves cooking great food with her best friend: her husband! From cupcake baking to decorating tips beyond icing and sprinkles, Lisa offers visitors her taste-tested recipes.
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