The most important thing is to keep presenting them with new options.
You can offer them some of these options. For example for dinner, if they’re not great with their veggies, they’re fine with carrots but maybe not so good with the greens. Perhaps you have been struggling to get them to try some peas or broccoli, offer them the choice. “There is some veg going on your dinner plate, would you prefer peas or broccoli?” If they don’t choose an answer, by all means choose for them! Perhaps try jazz the veggies up a little bit, who really likes just plain broccoli with a nice sauce?! Maybe a nice gravy made from meat juices, maybe a little bit of real butter on their veggies, just something to make it a little bit more interesting. Those types of foods, even real butter, are great sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Vitamin K – nutrients that are very important for immune health, for growth and development.
The other thing to remember with fussy eaters or picky eaters, sometimes it’s actually nutrient deficiencies. So if you’re deficient in minerals like Zinc, it can impact on a child’s appetite. It might be that they genuinely don’t have a huge hunger for food. In that instance, if you feel that perhaps your child was sick a while ago and that changed their appetite slightly , it could be worthwhile picking up a kiddie multivitamin. This depends on their age so do go ask in a pharmacy for recommendations for multivitamins suitable to your child age. Make sure it has a bit of nutrients in it as lacking something like Zinc can affect their appetite.
Don’t give it airtime!
Lastly, when trying new foods, don’t offer it too much ‘airtime’. At the mealtime, everyone is sitting down together as much as possible, what’s on the plate, is on the plate. It would pretty much the same for the whole family. If your child chooses not to eat it, then that’s okay. Try not give that too much airtime and move on. If they’re a little bit hungry later, you can perhaps offer them something that was left from dinner, not one of those foods that they will only eat as “That’s just not on the menu right now!”
To summarise, it will take your child a while to accept to new foods. Don’t forget kids have an amazing way to thrive and grow, regardless of how they eat. Obviously it’s not optimal, you want them eating a nice diverse diet with loads of different types of foods in it. Know that they will be okay, they will grow, they will thrive, they won’t starve, they will be okay. Just keep trying.