Picky Eaters - RD244-60

Picky Eaters

by Patricia Novak, MPH, RD, LD, CLE
(4.4 / 930 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


Food wars are every caregiver’s nightmare. It is not unusual for a toddler to exhibit a number of feeding behaviors that parents consider problematic. Food jags, refusal to try new foods, or sensitivity to the sensory properties of food is common. For a small group of children, food restriction can be indicative of a developmental or medical issue. Strategies to address limited diets include identifying age-appropriate textures and portion sizes for toddlers, establishing regular mealtimes to capitalize on a child’s hunger, and introducing new foods in conjunction with familiar foods. Parents can support expanding food choice by modeling positive eating habits, creating consistency in mealtime routine and expectations, and offering developmentally appropriate and health-promoting foods while supporting the child’s development and emerging independence.


The goal of this continuing education program is to update healthcare professionals’ knowledge of basic nutrition for the well child and ability to handle problematic feeding behaviors. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • List three developmental, social, and physiological causes of picky eating 
  • Discuss four key nutrients in the diets of toddlers 
  • Identify two red flags in either diet or behavior that require referral for further intervention
  • List four realistic strategies to address toddlers’ picky eating

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and dietitians.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials.  This course is a Level 2 course and learning codes of 3000, 3020, 3050, 4030, 4090, 4150 and performance indicators of 2.1.3, 4.2.1, 8.1.4, 8.2.3, 8.3.7, 9.4.2, 10.2.4, 10.2.7. 
Dietitians/nutritionists may submit activity evaluations directly to CDR; accreditedprovider@eatright.org or mail to: Commission on Dietetic Registration, Attn: Accredited Provider Unit, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

Course Originally Released on: 8/26/2009
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/15/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/15/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


For Florida professionals:

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Emily S - MORGANTOWN, WV  ·  Mar 30, 2020
This course offered great insight into dealing with food jags and teaching me at what point to be concerned.
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Kimberly F - lancaster, PA  ·  Mar 27, 2020
Good review as well as good tips for parents
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Marsha M - Denton, TX  ·  Mar 15, 2020
Good information for parents
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Sally C - Lebanon, PA  ·  Mar 13, 2020
Wished I had some of this info when I was raising my kids!
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Catherine H - Jackson , WY  ·  Jan 20, 2020
Learned a great deal from this coarse that applies to my everyday life of raising young children.
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Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00