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Simple approaches to managing feeding problems

Almost all families encounter feeding issues such as food refusal, picky eating and other problems at some stage.   In order to cope with these it is important to understand what influences a child's feeding behaviour for better or worse

The key factors that put a child off eating are:

   How you can help  

Not being hungry

Avoid snacking before meals and high energy drinks, offer small portions, leave at least 2 hours between meals or snacks


Unhappiness or stress

Try to make mealtimes happy, keep meals short, praise food eaten. Let child feed self.  


Short term illness

Wait for it to pass - they will eat again when better 


These resources may help

My child still won’t eat leaflet
Stop any high energy drinks (link to Weaning from high energy milk and drinks)
The two hour rule for severe food refusal (leaflet)
The role of treats and snack (paper)

Last Updated: 11 November 2020