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Toddler and eggs

Postby jeanie » Thu 24 Feb, 2011 10:14 pm

My toddler at 13 months just doesnt seem to like eggs and i have been trying for months on and off. what have other found to be helpful?
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Re: Toddler and eggs

Postby NgalaOnline » Fri 25 Feb, 2011 11:03 am

Hi Jeanie

Thanks for your post. It is certainly very common for toddlers to refuse certain foods. Many toddlers go through a period of fussy eating and refusing many foods, which is a very common phase in development. If you find though that your child is generally eating a varied diet and is particularly showing a dislike towards egg, it may be that at this time she does not enjoy the taste or texture of egg. Just as with adults, individuals will show different food preferences and dislikes and as long as she is eating a varied diet with other protein sources such as meat and dairy, it is not nutritionally essential for children to eat every type of food. If you would particularly like her to eat eggs, you may like to experiment with different ways of including eggs in her diet such as including them in casseroles and dishes such as mashed potatoes, or offering egg meals prepared in different ways such as hard boiled, soft boiled, scrambled or in omlettes. Often food refusal in toddlers is related to a dislike of the texture of the food rather than the taste.

Research shows that toddlers will often experience phobias towards new foods. The most effective way of developing an interest in new foods is to keep giving the child repeated neutral exposure to the food on many occasions. Research shows that many children will require 10 - 15 experiences with a new food before they become familiar with it and feel comfortable to eat it. Any interaction with the food, even just feeling the texture and having a small taste, is a positive step. Research also shows that receiving a lot of either positive or negative attention regarding foods actually reduces the likelihood that toddlers will try a new food. Therefore it is best to just put the new food on your child's plate every few days with little discussion or comment over whether the child does or does not eat it. Serving the food alongside one she does like can be helpful. Family meal times and role modelling mum and dad eating new foods is also very helpful in helping children become familiar and comfortable with trying new foods.

Some websites you may like to look at include:

http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/ ... ontext/729

http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthT ... 02&id=1756

http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthT ... 02&id=2475
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