Picky eating or fussy eating in preschool and school aged children is a common problem and is a big cause of parental anxiety. There are many factors which can lead to picky eating in children like strict parental control of mealtime, social influences, family eating patterns and personality traits. But most of the times it is just a kid being a kid, wanting more control.
Picky eaters are more prone to have nutritional deficiencies and malnutrition and later as their platter has restricted nutrients. Moreover, they are more likely to have unhealthy dietary habits and eating disorders in adulthood.
Nutritional counseling and diet planning with help you handle this issue in a more positive and effective way. It is important to know that it is a normal thing in young kids and parental overreaction and stricter mealtimes can worsen the problem. Some tips to manage these mealtime battles are having a realistic approach, a variety in the menu for the kids to choose from and making mealtime a positive experience rather a control struggle.