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Health Tip: Encouraging Picky Eaters

Health Tip: Encouraging Picky Eaters

(HealthDay News) -- Young children are notorious for being picky eaters, but parents don't have to do battle at every meal.

The Mayo Clinic suggests:

  • Don't force your child to eat if the child isn't hungry. Offer small portions, and let your child ask for more. Offer food at the same time each day to establish a routine.

  • Offer new foods often and repeatedly. Give praise for trying something new.

  • Present food in fun shapes or colors. Add more vegetables and fruit to your dishes.

  • Let your child help shop at the grocery store.

  • Don't allow TV or smartphones at meals, so your child can focus on eating.

  • Don't offer dessert as a reward for eating. And don't offer to make something different for each member of the family.

  • Set a good example by eating a variety of healthy foods yourself.

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