Toddler Eating Problems Burlington VT

Is your toddler a picky eater? Are you having other food related problems with your little one in Burlington? If you are and you want to make sure your toddler is eating well even though he/she doesn’t want to, read on for some tips on what to do.

Elizabeth Lemaire-Jenkins
(802) 655-0585
Winooski, VT
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Jessica Donnelly
(802) 518-4623 x397
112 Lake Street
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Divorce, Mood Disorders
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Rebecca Boedges
(802) 922-2400
South Burlington, VT
Practice Areas
Career Development, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Cherie J Troyen
(802) 651-7505
Colchester, VT
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified School Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Associates In Psychotherapy & Family Counseling
(802) 658-4208
34 Patchen Rd
South Burlington, VT
 
Kristen McEvoy
(802) 656-3340
Burlington, VT
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Gale Holtz Golden, LICSW, BCD, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
(802) 864-0757
86. St. Paul Street
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Depression,Divorce,Infertility or Adoption,Loss or Grief,Relationship Issues,Sex Therapy
Education
Clinical social work degree from Bryn Mawr College graduate school of social work (1963). Postgraduate work in psychology and psychiatry at Syracuse University and Upstate Medical Center 1977-1979. Yearly continuingeducation and peer collaboration
Insurance
Yes

Associates in Couples Counseling
(802) 518-0962
Associates in Couples Counseling431 Pine Street
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Marriage Counseling, Relationship Issues
Qualification
School: Antioch New England Graduate School
Year of Graduation: 1985
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Nicole Williams
(802) 857-7000
Essex Junction, VT
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Synergy Counseling Group
(802) 651-9880
56 W Twin Oaks Ter
South Burlington, VT
 

Toddler Eating Problems

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At some point of time, we would come face to face with toddler eating problems. Your toddlers would suddenly become picky eaters or they just could not sit still until they have finished their food. One other common eating problem with children is that they seems to like one particular food one day and the next day, for no apparent reason, they reject the same food that they seems to like just the day before!

If your young children have the above eating problems, don't despair. It is part of growing up. First, we need to understand the causes of these toddler eating problems. Then, we can deal with them appropriately using some of the practical ways listed below.

As a start, we need to recognise that toddlers have a strong sense of self and they love to explore and are fiercely independent. They often insist on having their way. At this age, they tend to challenge your rules and pull away from you to become their own persons. Feeding is one battle which many parents have fought with their toddlers and lost.

Toddlers have little experience in making decisions. They need to learn to decide for themselves. When they do decide, they tend to change their minds often, which is what annoys the parents. This is where much patience is needed.

As parents, there are some practical ways we can use to minimise the toddler eating problems such as follows:

  • Encourage your child to try new foods - Vary your toddler’s diet in texture, taste, colour and temperature. Like adults, toddlers appreciate a variety of cuisine. They may enjoy a sandwich or pasta for a change, instead of rice porridge with fish and spinach everyday.

  • Be creative when serving food that your toddlers dislike - If they do not fancy green leafy vegetables, serve them in delightful ways. For example, turn them into crunchy finger food.

  • Don't serve heavily spiced foods - Most children don't like very spicy food. Your child may reject a particular food entirely in the future if he has a bad taste experience because he tasted it heavily spiced.

  • Offer choices that appeal to a toddler’s sense of independence - For example, instead of large meals, you can offer your child mini meals. The choices you offer will help you avoid a battle of wills. Should you choose this method, ensure that the choices you give are well defined.

  • Keep regular mealtimes - this is to prevent your child from relying on erratic snacks to curb hunger.

  • Model a balanced diet yourself - Your young child should see you consuming healthy foods
    and limiting sweets, salty snacks, and soft drinks yourself.

  • Sit and eat together as a family - focus on each other instead of television shows and other distractions. Do not allow your child to bring toys to the table.

    Using some of the above tips, I believe a major part of your toddler eating problems would go away. Continue to explore new methods and you will appreciate the time you have with your young children.

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