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12 Feb 2004

Toddler not eating grained foods
My two year old refuses to eat grained foods such as pasta and rice. He will only eat Purity second foods, and something he can hold, i.e. dry wors, wors, viennas, roast potatoes. My paeditrician says it is fine, and to puree all food that I think he may eat. What can I do to "train" him to eat normally, and if this does not work, by what age should this phobia where off?
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Mom
Small children often do not like the texture of certain foods - this is a totally individual reaction - some won't eat peas, others won't eat foods like pasta and rice which consist of fine granules. The best approach is to just ignore this phase - give him the foods he will eat and do a trial run with a bit of pasta or rice every month or so - use just 1 teaspoon at a time. He will have noticed that this refusal to eat certain foods gains him a reaction and attention from you, thus reinforcing the behaviour. If you remain calm and don't make an issue of eating solids, he may lose interest in being different. You can also try adding 1 or 2 teaspoons of cooked rice or pasta to his Purity foods to get him used to the texture in an indirect way. Click on 'Child' at the top of this page and then on 'Nutrition' to read articles on Toddler's Diets.
Best regards
DietDoc
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