If you have a picky eater in your household, you should offer him or her a few healthy choices at mealtime. “My general philosophy is that you should not make mealtime a battle, because you cannot win,” says James E. Hoffman, DO, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Ask your child whether he wants peas or carrots. If he does not want one of the choices, tell him you can warm it up again when he is hungry.”
It is OK if children decide they do not want to eat at a particular meal, says Hoffman. “If they do not eat, they are not going to starve,” he says. However, snacks and juice are not the best options to fill up their stomachs after they have rejected the food you offered them. “Some kids are picky eaters because they are drinking too much juice,” says Hoffman.
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