Mealtimes can be the most stressful part of a parent’s day. This is especially true for the parent of a child with special needs.
Picky and fussy eating can be typical in the preschool years when children are developing a sense of autonomy. They may be particularly choosy around fruits and vegetables or bitter foods. Most children go through a stage of rejecting foods and it is important to recognise that fussiness is a normal stage of development.
Many picky eaters outgrow their aversions and develop into curious eaters. However, if meal times seem a constant battle, or if you’re worried about the amount or variety of foods that your child is eating, there may be other underlying reasons for their selective eating.