Archive | August, 2011

“That’s icky!”-Your Picky Eater

28 Aug

Parents often get upset that their children are picky eaters, however there is actually a physiological reason behind these picky eating habits.  Children have a much more sensitive sense of taste than adults.  As we grow older, we lose some tastebuds in our mouths and those that remain become less sensitive.  This can explain why as people grow older they may find that they have developed a taste for foods that, as a child, may have seemed too spicy, bitter, or sour. 

The best way to lessen a child’s picky eating habits is to offer a variety of flavors and textures in his meals from the beginning.  This will broaden the child’s taste pallate, making him or her less likely to be hypersensitive to strong flavored foods.  It is important to remember that it may take a few times of offering a new food for the child to develop a taste for it.  A good rule of thumb is to offer a new food 15 times to a child to allow for him to discover whether or not he has a taste for it.  When dealing with a picky eater it is important to remember that constantly giving in to the child’s picky eating habits, like giving him or her the bland, “kid friendly” foods such as, chicken nuggets or hot dogs, is the best way to promote these picky habits.