Maria Monteverde RD CDN. Nutritionist. Schneider Childrens' Hospital. DrMDK.com
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Host: I think kids get fixed on just a single food. A lot of time it could be like a chicken fingers, something like that and that is all they will eat and the parents give them to the kid, is that a good idea? Maria Monteverde: No, again it is individualized. If the child is a healthy weight for his age and his height. One of the biggest things that is with our kids who are Picky Eater is behavioral. Basically, we are giving in to them and they know that if they keep saying, No, mom and dad are going to be worried that I am not eating natural nurturing thing and they give in. Actually a lot of kids who are behavioral, you want to just give them what they have for dinner and basically not give them attention either way. Not give them attention as far as you have to eat this, begging them, bribing them and not necessarily giving over praise either if they do. You want to just have typical dinner time. You just put the food in front of them, if they want to eat it, they will eat it. If they don't, they don't, however if they come back later and say, I am hungry, I want chicken nuggets, no you have to eat your dinner.