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“It didn’t matter what I tried, my child would only eat bananas and rice crackers. It was good to be able to talk to someone and know that what I was experiencing is common and with time things would get better.”
- Sam, mother of a three year old
When dealing with fussy eaters, here’s a few things to keep in mind:
Your child will eat when they are hungry
Your child often needs 5-6 small meals each day
Fussy eating varies – from picking at food to not eating at all
The amount of food your child eats can change at each meal and from day to day
Eating is a learning experience for your child and it is normal for them to be fussy about eating at times
It is important to seek professional help if your child continues to refuse meals, has low energy levels and is losing weight
Preparing meals to cater for the whole family is challenging at the best of times.
Catering for fussy eaters can lead to extra parenting stress and pressure.
If you start to notice yourself feeling any of the following then it’s probably a good idea to seek support:
Parentline is here for you.
Sometimes you just need to talk to someone. Sometimes you need guidance.