Food refusal in children, when to ask professional help.
Many children to go through a phase of food refusal. Some children refuse foods based on certain sensory qualities (such as texture, taste, or temperature), others refuse to taste new food and only accept a very limited range of foods.
What you can do :
- Expose your child to the disliked food: Repeatedly offering (without coercion) the disliked food can increase willingness to taste and liking for the food.
- Take your time: Keep representing the food. Sometimes more than 20 times are necessary to increase familiarity of the food and start seeing positive changes.
- Mix and match: Present the food cooked in different ways. Start with small quantities of the food, possibly in combination with other highly favorite ingredients.
- Reward and praise your child when you observe positive changes (even if minimal).