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Fussy eating

Most babies or toddlers go through a phase of fussy eating, it is common and usually occurs when at about two or three years of age. Your baby or child is discovering themselves, their personality and exerting some control over what they eat and do.

Sometimes fussy eating is not just temporary and if left to go untreated, can develop into a very restrictive diet. Diets which are very restrictive or exclude particular foods groups can cause nutritional deficiencies, malnourishment, developmental delay and faltering growth. If your baby or child’s behaviours are not treated, they may worsen and develop into something more serious.

If your baby or child has fussy or picky eating our specialist dietitians can help. To book an assessment please contact us.

What are the symptoms of fussy and picky eating?

Most babies and children refuse some food at some point, it is perfectly normal. Fussy eating can be a problem if they are continually refusing new foods or solid foods if they are between 4-6 months. Symptoms of fussy eating are:

It is important a baby is weaned around 4-6 months and they continue to have a varied, solid food diet otherwise they will not be getting enough energy, vitamins or minerals they need to grow and develop adequately If your baby or child has one or more of these symptoms described, they could be a fussy or picky eater.

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What are the causes of fussy and picky eating?

The causes of fussy and picky eating is not fully known and it is likely that a range of different factors can influence the child’s eating behaviour. Fussy and picky eating can be caused by delayed weaning, or multiple illness and sicknesses from birth which has caused the child to associate food with pain, even if it wasn't the direct cause. Your baby or child may have weaned well but they are showing signs of picky eating at a later stage which is getting worse. Our dietitians are experts in the field of paediatric nutrition, they can ensure your baby or child is receiving the nutrients they need whilst treating their picky eating behaviours.

What do you assess for fussy and picky eating?

Most healthcare professionals will not assess a baby or child with fussy or picky eating unless they are presenting with associated symptoms such as malnutrition, faltering growth or developmental delay. At the Kids Feeding Team we understand your frustrations and can assess, diagnose and treat your baby or child’s feeding difficulties before it progresses to something more serious. Our multidisciplinary team can assess your child to ensure they have a safe swallow and the ability to feed. We will assess your child and give an individualised treatment plan to overcome their fussy and picky eating.

What is the treatment of fussy and picky eating?

Each baby or child is different and requires a individualised treatment plan according to the symptoms they are presenting with and the behaviours they are exuding. Our specialist dietitians will assess and treat your baby or child according to their symptoms. Our dietitians will ensure your baby or child is receiving adequate nutrition and will reduce the picky and fussy eating behaviours that they are exuding.

If you think your baby or child is showing any of the symptoms above, they could benefit from seeing our specialist feeding team. To see if they can help please contact us.

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To refer a child to our services this can be done online, or by calling 0161 820 8262 or emailing office@kids feedingteam.co.uk

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We are having an event on the 1st December! As hosted by our paediatric dietitian, she will educate on how to tackle fussy eating (and prevent it!) whilst ensuring your child is getting enough energy and nutrients. Link below to buy two tickets for £10. https://www. eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-fussy-e ater-to-foodie-tickets-50061953651?ref=estw   … pic.twitter.com/ra3MWKIxdP

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