3 responses to “IS THIS NORMAL? My Picky Eater Gags on New Foods”

  1. Lena

    My 5 year old is extremely picky and is also a gagger. It is so difficul to get her to eat different things. She often gets upset stomach and constipation from only eating dairy foods all the time. She can and will eat cheese for breakfast lunch and dinner and snacks as well. I have to hide it sometimes. LOL She is a big milk drinker too. Recently however we have been having her “help” mommy make and serve dinner. This has helped some. Also we play similar games as mentioned above. I will give her a bit of say, carrots with butter and sugar glaze. She loves it, so I give it to her uncooked and dipped in ranch, she love it. Then I give it to her plain and she says it’s good. I say,”yep, it;s all the same carrot just made differently.” It seems to work so far. LOL Great suggestions you have. Thanks.

    1. shmrd

      I wonder if it’s the dairy that makes our kids not want anything else, because my son has the SAME issue. Unfortunately, I was not around when people gave him all the dairy and bread and sugar that they did. (That’s what happens when you tell meat-eating child-caregivers that your child is a vegetarian: They don’t give your child meat, but they don’t know what else to give them but dairy.) At any rate, the advice given here has all been tried by me (as well as other tactics), and none have worked. I’m at my wits end. My son is seven, and I seriously wonder if he’ll ever eat anything but the foods I listed above.

  2. Perfect Dad

    This is good advice! There is no real reason to force children to eat new foods, and doing so may have the reverse effect — the child will dislike mealtime and food especially if they don’t happen to like the new food for a couple of days in a row. Our children are 7,5,2 and we follow many of these bits of advice. Child involvement in food prep, including letting the child choose things, really helps. Our kids feel like big people, and then they become more courageous because big people aren’t scared of food.

    Our strategy is to introduce new foods as one item to a meal that they will generally enjoy. So they get spaghetti, but in the spaghetti sauce might be pieces of asparagus for example, that they can see. So they try a couple of pieces, but if they don’t like it they can also put them to the side.

    A second fun strategy is to dare each other to eat things like spicy food, weird food like snails or tripe or some strange mushrooms or tofu, etc. Sometimes I slip in ingredients like mustard into a sauce, and when they like it I tell them they just ate mustard.

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