3. Serve Food With an Attractive Appearance
If all this time you have been giving your child food with an ordinary or unappetizing appearance, try new ways to serve the same food. For example, try shaping the rice into animal shapes. You can form carrots into tree trunks, and cucumbers into treetops or grass.
Be creative in finding interesting variations for your child’s dinner plate.
This method can also be applied if the child is sick and does not want to eat at all.
4. Diversify Food With Various Flavors
When serving snacks in the afternoon and evening, you can offer savory food flavors and sweet fruits.
Sometimes, picky eater kids don’t want to eat because they are bored with the taste of food and want to try new flavors.
The more variety there is in a child’s diet, the more nutrients they receive. However, it is important to never promise sweet food for picky eater kids as a gift. Parents will often offer sweets as a reward if the child finishes their meal or if the child eats their vegetables. This will only reduce the child’s interest in the food they are eating.
5. Give Them Their Favorite Food
When your child is sick and doesn’t want to eat, you can stimulate your child’s appetite by giving them their favorite foods. You can introduce new food by mixing their favorite dish with other types of food so that your child’s diet is more diverse.
6. Avoid Drinking When Eating
Many children often drink in the middle of eating. But in fact, drinking too much can make a child’s stomach feel bloated so that they only eat a little. To prevent this, you should limit the amount of water that children can drink during meals.
If your child is thirsty, give them a drink before eating, and try to avoid having them drink too much until their food is finished.
7. Introduce New Foods Gradually
Sometimes, picky eater kids won’t eat because they are not familiar with the food you serve.
If you want to introduce a new food, try to do it gradually. Serve a small amount first and then proceed to a larger portion on another day, after the child has tasted it.
Immediately giving new food in large portions can make children reluctant to eat, especially if they don’t like the appearance, texture, or aroma.