Dealing with Picky Eaters
If there’s one thing I really dislike — it’s cooking! Especially with two picky eaters in the house. Typically, I can cook two-to-three different dinners each night. Sound familiar?
Well, some of our kiddos who suffer from SPD can experience food sensitivities. This can be in the taste, texture, temperature and smell of foods.
Tips for Picky Eaters:
- Allow your child to make their own food or create shapes out of food. This can help your child develop maturity around smelling, tasting and touching food.
- Have your child “play” with their food! Yes, I said play. Experiencing different textures will make them feel safer before putting food in their mouth.
- Another option is to actually grind up the food. Seems weird, and even a little gross, but the smoother texture may appeal to your child and they might even tolerate the food.
- Provide distractions during the meal with conversations, music, pictures, or even a small toy for your child to squeeze.
- Try to give your child control by offering choices.
- Pay attention to textures and temperatures! Some kiddos can only tolerate one or two textures so take it slow when introducing new textures or temperatures. Start with very small bites to avoid gagging or choking.
- When your child brushes his/her teeth, have them brush their tongue and inside cheeks too.
- Of course praise your child for trying. Even if they only played with, licked, smelled or chewed and spit it out; praise them anyway.
Side note: if your child seems extremely sensitive to foods and will only tolerate about 20 foods or less it would be wise to contact your doctor or seek out a nutritional therapist.