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 picky eaters continuing education program is to update healthcare professionals’ knowledge of basic nutrition and fitness for the well child, and how to handle problematic feeding behaviors. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- List developmental and physiological causes of picky eating
- Discuss key nutrients in the diets of toddlers and identify red flags in either the diet or behavior that require referral for further intervention
- List four realistic solutions to toddlers’ picky eating
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and dietitians.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). 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.
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.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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