How can I know if my child is a picky eater?

There is no standard definition of picky eaters. Children who are picky eaters tend to eat small amounts of food, avoid trying new food, not interested in food and don’t eat certain food groups like vegetable. [1] [2] [3]

How can I manage my child’s picky eating pattern?

Picky eating could be managed using multifaceted approach. A complete analysis of the child’s nutritional Intake and behaviour, apart from the simple height and weight measures, should be taken. [3] The following are simple guidelines recommended by nutrition experts that may help your children adopt a healthy eating behavior to encourage healthy eating habits:

  • Avoid distraction during the meal time. [1] [2]
  • Adopt a neutral attitude – don’t force the child to eat. [1] [2]
  • Encouraging appetite by limiting snacking and balancing portion sizes [1] [2]
  • Limit the duration of meals.
  • Provide age-appropriate food.
  • Introduce new foods to a child gradually and regularly.
  • Be a positive role model and make healthy food choices such as vegetable and fruits and other healthy snacks.
  • Sit with your child at snacks and mealtime.
  • Encourage children to eat independently.
  • Allow children to get messy when they eat.
  • Avoid giving junk food as a reward.
  • Avoid feeding the baby while he or she is distracted with television or video games etc.
  • Involve your child in menu planning, especially for the school lunch.
  • Let your child help you in food preparation; let him touch and feel his/her food
  • Use a complete and balanced supplement such as Promise PE GOLD to ensure the child is receiving complete nutrition for the growth and development.

What are the consequences of picky eating pattern?

Picky eating may result in food consumption that does not meet recommended dietary levels, and may have short-term as well as long-term consequences. Prolonged picky eating behaviors may result in the inadequacy of some essential micronutrients, under optimal growth, and an effect on measures of cognitive development. [3]

Prolonged picky eating may sometimes result in nutritional deficiencies and sometimes lead to social and emotional problems such as aversion to touch, lethargy and disinterest in food. [4]

 My child is a picky eater and has a food neo-phobia. What could happen?

Food neo-phobia is one the factors underlying picky-eating patterns. Picky eating patterns can be attributed to sensory food aversion (rejection of food because of its texture, color, or mouth-feel), and food neo-phobia (fear of trying a new food), or both.

What is picky eating pattern?

  • Eating very little [1] [2]
  • Accepting only a limited number of foods [1] [2]
  • Having unwillingness to try new food [1] [2]
  • Having a limited intake of vegetable and other nutrient-dense foods [1] [2]
  • Disruptive meal time pattern [1]
  • Lack of interest in food [2]
  • Having strong food preferences [2]

What is Promise PE GOLD?

Promise PE Gold is a nutritious supplement designed to help fill nutritional gaps while you help your child establish healthy eating habits. It contains 40 ingredients containing 25 essential nutrients that deliver key combinations and specific quantities of key nutrients that play an important role in supplementing the child during the transition period while managing this behaviour.

Can the mother provide growing up milk and Promise PE GOLD at the same time for picky eater kid?

Growing up formula is for healthy child and remains an important part in the child’s diet. So if the child is eating healthy, no need for a Promise PE GOLD formula. On the other hand if the child is a picky eater then Promise PE GOLD is the one to be used.

When can I use Promise PE GOLD?

You may use Promise Gold when your child tends to have an unhealthy eating pattern.

What is the food equivalence of 1 serving of Promise PE GOLD? (Table Food Comparison)

  • One serving of Promise PE GOLD contains at least the same amounts of folic acid and vitamin C as are found in a child’s serving (1oz) of broccoli.
  • One serving of Promise PE GOLD contains amounts of protein, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin A that are similar to, or even greater than, the amounts found in a child’s serving from the milk group.
  • Three servings of Promise PE GOLD provide a full day’s supply of vitamin D, an essential vitamins not found in unfortified cow’s milk. Three servings of Promise PE Gold provides all the essential vitamins for Picky eaters.

For how long should picky eaters continue to use Promise PE GOLD?

As long as the eating patterns and habits persists.

What are the nutrients at risk and what is their importance?

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have Identified vitamin A, vitamin D, iron, zinc, and iodine as nutrients in which toddlers may be at risk for deficiency. Promise PE GOLD has been designed to provide all of these at-risk nutrients, nutritionally balanced, providing important nutrients to complement the child’s solid food diet.

What would cause a picky eating behavior?

  • Behavioral issues
  • Environmental disruption or social set-up
  • Psychological issues
  • Clinical problems
  • Nutritional
  • Parental influence

The picky eater phenomenon is typically a short-term feeding challenge. Picky eating is the expression of a range of behavioural problems that can occur during mealtime. Please consult your child’s pediatrician for proper evaluation and recommendation.

Would Promise PE considered as a good food replacement?

Promise PE GOLD is not a meal replacement. It is a nutrient-enriched supplement that helps provide nutrients that may be missing from the diet, owing to inadequate intake of certain food groups, such as fruits, vegetables, and meat.Promise PE GOLD is designed for children whose diet lack diversity in comparison with the balanced diversity that can help them increase their consumption of calories, protein, and fat to help meet recommendations for their age group.

In other words, parents should help their children establish healthy eating habits. Promise PE GOLD fills the nutritional gap that

Why it is important to give Promise PE GOLD and not multi vitamins or medicine?

Promise PE GOLD is a nutrition supplement, containing both macro and micronutrients, to provide more than 40 important nutrients from the most nutritious food including 25 essential nutrients for picky eaters while multivitamins are only vitamin supplementation.

Can I mix Promise PE GOLD with fresh milk?

Promise PE GOLD can be mixed and integrated into various recipes including fresh milk.

My child has normal weight, is he a picky eater?

These children (picky eaters) can have normal physical development as measured on a growth chart and even children with normal body weight may have nutrient deficiencies.

Could picky eater child be underweight?

A child’s weight is not the tool to identify if he is a picky eater or not. And body weight measurement will never fully measure the risk for nutrient deficiency. Promise PE GOLD supplies important nutrients needed to support healthy growth and development while the parents help establish healthy eating

REFERENCES

  • 1Black MM, Hurley KM. Helping children develop healthy eating habits. Rev. ed. In: Tremblay RE, Peters RDeV, Biovin M, Barr RG, eds. Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development. Montreal, Quebec: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development; 2007.
  • 2Infant and Toddler Forum. Combining food for a balanced diet. Toddler Factsheet 1.2.
    2006. Accessed October 2010.
  • 3Yao MJ, Sheng X, Tong M, et al. Effects of nutrition counseling with and without growing-up milk on growth and micronutrient adequacy in picky eaters: a randomized controlled trial. Evidence Based Child