Expert Video: Is My Child's Picky Eating Normal?
Some children become picky eaters as part of their natural development and tend to outgrow the behavior, especially if parents are able to work with them using a strategy like the 3 E’s discussed in our first picky eating video.
On the other end of the spectrum are extreme picky eaters. These children have extreme food aversions driven by a number of underlying causes. For extreme picky eaters, eating is hard or it hurts. It can be difficult to find foods to satisfy extremely picky eaters.
We’ve partnered with Melanie Potock, a pediatric feeding specialist, certified speech language pathologist and author of four parenting books on how to raise healthy, happy eaters, to help parents understand the differences between picky eating and extreme picky eating.
The lack of a balanced nutritional intake caused by picky eating can impact the growth of a child. It’s important to seek professional help if you’re concerned about your child’s picky eating, especially if they’re a very picky eater. An extreme picky eater cannot make improvements without intervention.