Finicky Eaters
If your child is a finicky eater, chances are she’s not receiving an ideal amount of the essential nutrients she needs for optimum growth and development.

If you’re concerned, you should be. There are immediate worries such as whether your child’s limited nutrient intake is delaying her motor and mental development. And there can be longer term negative outcomes as well, such as problems with intellectual performance, work capacity, and your child’s overall health.

If you’re not sure whether your toddler is eating well, compare the nutrient content of his daily diet with standard Daily Nutritional Requirements for his age group. You’ll then have a better idea of where your youngster’s dietary deficiencies lie.

Ensuring your picky eater gets the nutrition he needs can be challenging – even for parents who are not constantly on the go. A few tips:
  • Be a role model for your child by eating a wide variety of nutritious foods yourself.
  • Talk to your child about what types of foods he needs to grow up healthy, strong and smart … and what types of foods will do his body little or no good.
  • Introduce new foods creatively. If your child refuses to eat raw carrots, try cooking them, and add a sprinkle of brown sugar if necessary.
  • Encourage your youngster to taste new foods, with the reassurance that she doesn’t have to finish it or like it.
  • Avoid any sort of power struggle around eating. Don’t force your child to eat something she doesn’t like.
  • Be patient - continue to offer foods that your child has refused to eat.
  • Look for substitute sources of nutrition for those foods your child consistently refuses to eat.
  • Keep a supply of Pediagro on hand. A 3-oz. serving provides your toddler or young child with complete nutrition that can quickly and easily fill in the nutritional gaps in his diet.
Pediagro can play an important role in providing your finicky eater with the vital nutrients he needs but isn’t getting as a result of his limited food choices.