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Posted by: Wanita | 2010/02/22

Fussy 3 year old eater

Eats well balanced food at pre-school. Fussy eater at home/holiday main food source..macaroni/cheese, 2 minute noodles, chicken viennas, fish finders and certain fruit

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Dear Wanita
Fussy eating at home is usually an indication that the child is stressed or trying to gain attention or manipulate a situation or the entire family. Another important factor to remember is that small children have small stomach capacities and cannot eat large portions at only 3 main meals like adults. By the time you child gets home from pre-school where he or she has probably eaten quite a large main meal, he or she may not be particularly hungry or too tired to eat large quantities of food. The foods you list sound like 'comfort foods', so make sure that you serve them to your child in small portions without any fuss and that there is a relaxed atmosphere at meals. After the stimulation of pre-school your child probably just wants to relax and enjoy being at home in a safe, familiar environment eating plain foods. Don't force him or her to eat foods that she/he does not like at this stage. Just be supportive.
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Posted by: DietDoc | 2010/02/23

Dear Wanita
Fussy eating at home is usually an indication that the child is stressed or trying to gain attention or manipulate a situation or the entire family. Another important factor to remember is that small children have small stomach capacities and cannot eat large portions at only 3 main meals like adults. By the time you child gets home from pre-school where he or she has probably eaten quite a large main meal, he or she may not be particularly hungry or too tired to eat large quantities of food. The foods you list sound like 'comfort foods', so make sure that you serve them to your child in small portions without any fuss and that there is a relaxed atmosphere at meals. After the stimulation of pre-school your child probably just wants to relax and enjoy being at home in a safe, familiar environment eating plain foods. Don't force him or her to eat foods that she/he does not like at this stage. Just be supportive.
Best regards
DietDoc

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