Fussy Eating

 
What is fussy eating?
Fussy eating can be called many different things, and can vary in severity significantly.   The terms picky eating, food avoidance, food aversion, food neophobia & avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder can all be used to describe fussy eating.  

I am using the term "fussy eating" when talking about all picky/selective eaters, no matter what the severity.   It may refer to children who are picky about trying new foods, or children who are rejecting all but a small handful of foods.  

While it is common to be told fussy eating in children is "normal", we need to be careful how it is managed.  It can persist into adulthood and have significant social and health consequences for older children and adults.   Unfortunately, often the harder a parent tries to overcome fussy eating, the worse it can get, which can be a cause of great stress. 


What does fussy eating look like? 
The following is a list of possible traits of a fussy eater:
- Refuse to try new foods
- Eats a limited range of food
- Only eats food of a certain colour, texture or shape
- Displays challenging behaviour at mealtime
- Becomes upset when unfamiliar food is presented
- Does not eat the same food as the rest of the family


 Do you have a child who is a fussy eater?
If any of the above traits are present, chances are you are reading this looking for some more information and support to overcome your child’s fussy eating.    

Sometimes children go through phases where they are fussy with food.   How you respond to this fussiness is really important.  If you feel like what you are doing is not helping, and mealtimes are becoming increasingly difficult or their food range continues to decrease,  it can be a good idea to get some help to get your child back on track with their eating.  ​   

How can NW Speech help?
Individual Consultations
Group Consultations