Q: What advice would you give to parents of a baby who doesn’t show much interest in eating? Our daughter is 8 months old and she’s never been a big eater. Now that she’s able to eat more table food, we still find we’re constantly counting ounces. She’s small, but she’s healthy, still we can’t help but worry if she’s eating enough.
Feeding your baby is one of the most essential tasks of parenting, but it doesn’t always come easy. To tackle this question we looked to two family practice professionals with CHI St. Alexius.
Kelsey Kuylen- FNP-BC, Family Practice
Research indicates that it is important to expose children to a wide variety of flavors and textures.
Introductions to foods and rejection may be frustrating. It is important to keep in mind that many babies and toddlers need to be exposed to foods multiple times before accepting them. It may take your child 10-15 tries over time before they will accept this new food. These 10-15 tries should be over a month span, not within a week’s time. Babies and toddlers are more likely to eat foods they see their peers and parents eating. As your infant grows, it is important to expose the baby to variety of textures. You may voice your concern at your child’s next well child exam or routine visit for the provider to address and review their growth chart.
Elizabeth Fridrich, PA-C, Family Practice
For a picky eater I would recommend giving them a food they like with one that is new. This gives them comfort of something familiar as well as introducing them to a new texture or flavor.
Also, pay attention to your child’s food aversions. Is it about texture, color, or taste? These will be important things for your child’s provider to know.