Breast milk is best for your baby

The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

SCIENCE & DEVELOPMENT

Picky Eating

Identify the signs of a picky eater; learn the consequences and how to deal effectively with them
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Picky eating may be negatively associated with growth

Children who are picky eaters have been found to be lighter and shorter for their age, compared to non-picky eaters.1


Picky eating may lead to nutrient deficiencies or inappropriate balance of nutrients in the diet of a child. Some children may consume adequate calories, but the diet may be insufficient in vital nutrients. Over time, this may impact growth and development.

The Consequences

Picky eaters could be missing out on key nutrients essential for optimal physical and mental development. This may result in the following undesirable consequences:

Missed growth
milestones

Prone to illness

Lower cognitive
development

Strained parent-
child relationship

Is your child a picky eater?

A study by the National University Hospital of Singapore found that 1 in 2 parents in Singapore identified their children as picky eaters, and picky eating was first noticed as early as one year old.* Below is a list of picky eating behaviours to look out for:


  • Refuses food, especially vegetables and meat
  • Eats slowly or hold food in the mouth
  • Pushes, hides or throws food during mealtime
  • Eats sweets and fatty foods instead of healthy foods
  • Resists trying new foods
  • Snacks instead of eating a meal
  • Eats the same food for all the meals
  • Often throws tantrums during mealtimes
1 Xue Y et al. Appetite.2015;91:248-255.
* Goh DY, Jacob A. Asia Pac Fam Med.2012;11:5

Tips for dealing with picky eaters

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Avoid distractions during mealtimes

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Tolerate age-appropriate messiness during mealtimes

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Maintain a neutral attitude during mealtimes

  • Do not get overly excited or animated.
  • Never become or even appear angry.
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Introduce novel food

  • Expose your child to new food one at a time.Try the new food up to 15 times before assuming it will not be taken.
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Feed to encourage appetite

  • Allow 3-4 hour interval and provide only water between meals/snacks.
  • Limit meal duration to 20-30 minutes.
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Talk to a healthcare professional

  • If picky eating persists, ask your doctor for advice and check if there are any underlying problems.
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Encourage independent feeding

  • Your child should have his/ her own cutlery and be encouraged to feed himself/ herself.

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^ Meets or exceeds 100% of the current U.S. Dietary Reference Intakes for protein and 25 vitamins and minerals in approximately 1000 mL for children ages 1-3 years, 1050 mL for children ages 4-8 years and 1500 mL for children ages 9-13 years.