Building a better eater
Does your child turn his nose up at any fruit or vegetable? Do you have a child who will only eat macaroni and cheese? If you have a picky eater, check out these tips from Dr. Mark Corkins, Le Bonheur's chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology.
According to Dr. Corkins, to build a better eater, parents should:
- Model good eating. If you don't eat any vegetables, how can you expect your child to? Show your child how to eat healthily.
- Keep exposing your child to the food you want him or her to eat. Research shows is takes eight to 10 exposures for a child to accept a new food.
- Create an environment for eating. Distractions like phones, television and games can make eating what's on the plate a last priority for your child. Mealtimes should be for eating and being with family.