So, let's look at the extremes (believe me, I've seen both!)... There is the strictest of authoritarian parents who may say, "You WILL eat whatever is put in front of you, no matter what, because I am the parent and I make the rules!" The picky eater may react in one of several ways:
The parent will likely develop an unhealthy, stressful, "no-control-over- their-child's-behavior" relationship with their child and become overly accommodating and eventually fatigued by their child's demands, behaviors, tantrums, etc. Long term consequences may occur in both behavior and eating habits/issues.
The picky eater "phase" may result from many factors. The two most common causes are:
1. the "normal" pursuit of independence, individualization, and control over one's environment... usually begins around age 2 or 3.
2. "abnormal" sensory processing leading to oral defensiveness (including aversion to certain tastes and/or textures)... often found in children with sensory integration dysfunction, developmental delays, oral motor issues, and/or individuals who were on prolonged restricted diets, respirators, tube fed, or endured invasive oral procedures.
The first, a pursuit of independence, if dealt with properly should be a phase which will pass in almost all situations. To help the "phase" pass quickly, good parenting skills should help! The second, oral defensiveness, if dealt with properly should also become a "phase" which will pass in most situations. An Occupational Therapist or Speech Pathologist and a good sensory program will help! FINALLY! EASY RECIPES FOR PICKY EATERS...
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