Our expert says:
I would firstly have the child examined to determine why he always has loose stools and/or watery diarrhoea as this could be the reason why he is not thriving and why he tends to be a picky eater. Conditions such as infections, malabsorption, food allergies and/or intolerances can severely affect the appetite and prevent a child from growing properly. If he is given a clean bill of health then you can introduce him to new foods. This can entail exposing a child to a certain food up to 20 times before the child will either show interest or agree to eat the food (esp vegetables). Offer him one new food a day, repeat this for a few days and then go on to the next food. Always be encouraging and praise him if he eats a new food. But do have him checked for underlying conditions first.
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