3 Tips to Help a Toddler Get Over Food Phobia
HOW DO YOU HELP A CHILD GET OVER A FOOD PHOBIA?
This is such a great topic, guys, because this is different from just a picky eater who is throwing an attitude. I have one of those who wouldn’t eat, and would happily starve.
A few things that helped us tremendously:
Don’t make a big deal about this
Sometimes these phobias root from some sort of a traumatizing experience ( and I sincerely encourage to find a child psychologist, a good one, who could take a personal approach), so if you add hype to the issue, it only becomes deeper. Causes can be a million. In our case, a heavy reflux plus a fall right after Evyianne had a meal with new foods triggered the problem.
Tiny steps go miles, when comes to kids with food aversions
What we found to be very helpful, is to have a little bit of what we knew he considered “safe” mixed with new things that we served for everyone. We sit down at the table and just chat while eating, placing absolutely NO emphases on the fact of food.
The moment I would see Evyianne as much as sniff and lick a new something, we would flood him with praise. Long journey that takes time, but it works.
Peers. Always peers!
Get friends of the same age and have them eat together in a fun place. A picnic, a fun game to accompany, etc. Just make sure friends have great eating habits - that’s an important one, but little kids trust little kids more than they trust adults. They can relate more. The example, a positive one, helps a lot.
Anyone has an eater with serous food aversions/phobias? What helped you?