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How can I help him get the nutrition he needs?

He can't just eat one type of food and get the nutrition he needs!

My 7-year-old son is a really picky eater. He won't try new foods, and refuses to eat more than just a few standard things. I worry about his growth and overall health. How can I help him get the nutrition he needs?

Robert Woodford | Pediatrician

Robert Woodford

School-aged children (ages 6 to 12) continue to need healthy foods and nutritious snacks. They have a consistent but slow rate of growth and usually eat four to five times a day (including snacks). Many food habits, likes, and dislikes are established during this time.

Family, friends and the media (especially TV) influence their food choices and eating habits. Here are some ideas that might help:

  • Try to control when and where food is eaten by your child by providing regular daily meal times with social interaction and demonstration of healthy eating behaviors.

  • Involve your son in the selection and preparation of foods and teach him to make healthy choices by providing opportunities to select foods based on their nutritional value.

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