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#3 Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders

Sometimes it is difficult to tell “Is my child a picky eater or a problem feeder?” Here are some characteristics of both:

Picky Eaters:

  • Decreased range or variety of foods that will eat = 30 foods or more
  • Able to tolerate new foods on plate and usually can touch or taste a new food
  • Eats at least one food from most all food texture groups 
  • Usually eats different food than the family, but eats with the family at meal time.

Problem Feeders:

  • Restricted variety of foods, usually less than 20 foods 
  • Cries ,“falls apart” when presented new foods 
  • Refuses entire categories of new foods 
  • Adds new foods on more than 25 steps 
  • Usually never eats when family is eating, or what the family is eating


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