Ask Dr. Swanson: Helping a picky eater

Dr. Swanson shares tips for helping picky eaters.

Got a picky eater at home? Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson shares tips to help your child to eat healthy, satisfying foods.


  • All young children are picky at times
  • Can take a child 15-20 tries of a food to begin to like it
  • Regular, scheduled family meals are best if possible
  • Ellen Satter’s “Division of responsibility”

Tips for Parents:

  • Try to ensure your child’s plate is ½ full of fruits and veggies
  • Model appropriate eating as a parent
  • Try shopping the perimeter of the grocery store where there are more fresh options
  • Don’t make special meals for children

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