Children who find it hard to eat what is put on their plates begin to have serious health problems becoming undernourished. Generally when the child is seven to eight years old. When a child becomes so picky it is hard for them to try new food. Some children have a high sense of smell which causes the tastes of food more strong. Some children just don't like the texture of food and they don't like to try new foods. Sometimes they are afraid of choking and swallowing. They need to understand foods are not bad for them , but will help them to grow up strong and healthy. Sometimes it is the smell of food they do not like. They need to be given these food little amounts at a time. And, they need to understand they must try it three times. They should be given a small reward for their efforts. Being exposed to a wide variety of foods and flavors they will almost eat anything.
Eating behavior evolves during the first year of the child's life. Often this occurs when the observe how others are eating. Feeding practices.
Most outgrow the finicky stage as they grow older and are exposed to a more variety of foods. A child who refuses each food group is not treating their bodies very well. This can lead to deficiencies and constipation, They may feel anxious about eating lunches at school or participating with others in activities.
When serving a new food, don't make the child eat it. It may take ten to fifteen times before the child will accept a new food. Slowly introduce new foods that are similar in taste and texture to the ones they like such as peanut butter on toast, crackers, apple slices or mini bagels. Keep adding little new ideas with their original likes and they are more accepting of new foods.