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We fight battles in parenting – battles around bedtimes, tooth brushing, clothing choices, bathing, and more. Then there is the eating face-off. From baby’s first introduction to solids around 6 months of age (check with baby’s pediatrician before starting solids) to toddlerhood and beyond, eating challenges abound. Sometimes it’s hard to differentiate picky eating from significant feeding issues. Parents need to know what signs signal trouble.
Picky eating is super common. I challenge you to find one kid or even one adult who literally will eat anything – this just doesn’t happen. Sometimes kids are simply developing their palate as their taste buds mature. Other times they are boldly declaring their independence by refusing to eat what’s placed in front of them. Or perhaps it’s the color or the texture or the smell. Kids may find particular food characteristics unappealing and refuse to eat certain foods. Overall, picky eating is common especially among toddlers and preschoolers, usually does not impact a child’s growth and development, and improves over time.
There are several mental disorders that can occur in younger children outside of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder seen more commonly in adolescents and adults that can cause problems with eating.
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