Why are small children so picky with food?

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Why are small children so picky with food?

Mudassir Ali 8 months 1 Answer 96 views

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  1. I have no idea about kids in general. With my son, I have NO idea where his pickiness came from, but it’s not his taste buds. His objection to foods is entirely visual/mental. From about 18 months old, he would decided he didn’t like something instantly upon seeing it, and only with great reluctance would he change his mind. We had a 2 bites rule with food. He had to try 2 reasonable sized bites, and then we wouldn’t make him eat any more. But even then, sometimes he’d get stubborn.

    On his second birthday, he was given his own small chocolate cake (a 4″ round). He saw it, and immediately said he didn’t like that.

    I explained that he’d had cake before and he liked it;

    Didn’t like it;

    I figured maybe it was because he was unused to seeing a whole cake so I cut it open.

    Still didn’t like it;

    I thought maybe I should just give him a slice;

    Nope, eyes start filling with tears;

    I tried to persuade him to just try a bite;

    Tears started rolling and the jaw clamp started;

    Finally, I was frustrated, so I physically pried his mouth open, and smeared some frosting on the roof of his mouth with my finger;

    He started up one of the cry/howls, and tried to scrape it out of his mouth with his hands like it was poison, so I held his hands until he finished his howl and had to inhale.

    As a result of his need to breathe, his mouth closed. Silence fell. The tear-filled watery eyes dried up. Two or three seconds later, a two handed demolition of the cake began.

    When he was done, I said: “See! I told you that you liked cake!”

    His reply, as he was licking his fingers, was: “No I DON’T!”

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