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Common feeding pitfalls

Feeding difficulties in children are common. In fact, behaviours such as refusing new foods are a normal stage of a child's development. However, many parents may be unaware of this, and feel that is it just their child being 'fussy'.

The way that parents manage mealtimes and the use of rules around food can also have a large influence on how children behave and what foods they will and will not eat.

What can parents do?

By understanding how your own behaviour can influence feeding and learning strategies to encourage healthy eating, you will be empowered to confidently and positively manage your child's eating behaviour in order for them to enjoy a healthy and varied diet that will help to promote good health for life.

The Five Common Feeding Pitfalls

Below are five of the most common feeding difficulties reported by parents and scientists conducting research into parenting around mealtimes. In each section you will find an educational description of the behaviour, an explanation of why the behaviour is problematic, and suggestions to improve the behaviour.

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