Having a picky eater at home can cause a lot of tension in a household especially when it comes to each mealtime.
Picky eating not only can effect a child’s GROWTH but also cause other concerns such as psychological, socialisation and also behavioural issues. Because of the child’s limited dietary intake, their daily nutritional needs are not met.
This can lead to deficiencies such as IRON and ZINc (from low intake of meat, fruits and vegetables) and VITAMIN deficiencies, which can lead to other illnesses and complications.
Studies have shown that children with picky eating can exert BEHAVIOURAL issues such as withdrawal, anxiety and also depression.
Your child’s ATTENTION and ENERGY levels can also be effected. which can prevent them from exploring their environment and learn new information efficiently.
They are more prone to CONSTIPATION due to low fibre diet from low intake of fruits and vegetables.
Their IMMUNE system can be weakened, making it harder to fight off illnesses and diseases
There is also an increased risk of WEIGHT problems (under or overweight)
DENTAL problems if food is limited to snacks/sweets
I have shared some TIPS on how to overcome picky eating in my previous REEL on my IG account. Can check that out.
Do seek help from a Paediatrian/Dietitian to tackle this issue early if you’re struggling with a picky eater.