Dr. Greene’s take on a picky eater…
Ever wonder why a 9-month-old will put anything in her mouth and the same 19-month-old refuses to eat anything new? This activity is so common that there’s even a name for it – neophobia or “the fear of new things”.
After observing my patients go through this over and over again I had to ask myself why? And I came to the conclusion kids were actually designed that way.
In this week’s video, I describe food neophobia and why it has an important place in childhood development.
If you have a baby who is still in the “hummm, let’s see what dust-bunnies taste like” phase of life, i.e. about six months old to about the time she begins to walk, here’s some great information to help you keep her from becoming too picky as an eater. If your child has already entered into the food neophobia phase and has a limited palate, there are ways make changes that will help you and your child though it.
Either way, I’d love to hear your picky eater story.