By Michele Schwartz, MS, OTR/L
If you have a picky eater at home, you’re not alone. Many children go through phases where they refuse to try new foods.
A picky eater is a child who is very selective about the foods they eat and may only eat a limited range of foods.
They typically have 15-30 foods they will eat on a regular basis. They may be missing foods from certain food groups, but overall their nutrition is adequate.
Picky eating is when a child’s diet is limited but they are still receiving adequate nutrition. Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters.
If your child: – Is not getting adequate nutrition – Does not eat any foods from a certain food group – Your child rejects foods based on texture – Has difficulty chewing meat – Eats less than 15 food