What Help Do I Need? tips and tools common feeding pitfalls

Loughborough University - Centre for research into eating disorders


Feeding children can be challenging and guidance is not always easy to come by. We know this. This is why we have created a resource to help parents who want to understand why their child is 'fussy' and what they can do to improve mealtimes.

This website is intended to be used by anyone who is responsible for feeding a child including parents, grandparents, guardians, child minders, and staff at nurseries and schools. Please note that for reasons of clarity, all caregivers will be referred to as parents throughout.

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You can download our app for Apple and Android devices (mobile phones and tablets) for tracking your child’s feeding habits on the move.

How we can help

The majority of children experience a stage of fussy eating at some point. This behaviour is totally normal and not something to be seriously concerned about. However, the way in which this initial, normal fussiness is managed can affect whether it continues as the child grows older.

Our aim is to educate parents about the science behind the behaviour, and provide real strategies and tools that can be used to help tackle fussiness in a positive way. This website will help you to assess and monitor your own and your child's feeding behaviour, learn about common feeding problems, and access tips and tools that can be used to implement changes. The result will hopefully be healthy, happy mealtimes!

We recommend you start by creating a profile and completing the Feeding Assessment Questionnaire.

Who is this website for:

Do you:

  1. Find mealtimes frustrating
  2. Sometimes pressure your child to eat
  3. Feel unsure about how to increase your child's fruit and vegetable intake
  4. Use food as a reward or punishment for behaviour, or to soothe pain
  5. Bribe your child to eat with rewards and treats

Does your child:

  1. Refuse to try new foods
  2. Only eat a small range of foods
  3. Only eat a small amount of food at mealtimes
  4. Refuse fruits and/or vegetables
  5. Eat too many unhealthy snack foods

If you can relate to any of the above, then this website is here to offer help and guidance.

But, if you feel that your child's feeding difficulties are more severe than this, we recommend that you contact your GP or health visitor for advice.

TOP TIPS FOR AUGUST 2016:  Click here to find out from our pals at Riverside Cares about what to do when a child's picky eating impacts on the whole family.

Riverside Cares

Riverside Cares shares with us the importance of establishing healthy eating habits early in life. Learn about 'Feeding Children Well' events, programmes, training, and pop-ups, alongside other services which Riverside Cares provide for childcare professionals and parents. Click on the image to learn more about what they do.

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The information and tools presented on this website are intended for use by parents whose children have non-clinical feeding difficulties. In order to check that your child's feeding difficulties do not require immediate referral to a medical professional, it is important that you complete the Feeding Assessment Questionnaire*. Please ensure that you have completed this before using the website in order to confirm that the information provided will be appropriate for you and your child.

This website is not a substitute for medical advice. If you are concerned about your child's eating behaviour or nutritional intake please also contact your GP or other health professional.

*Otherwise known as The Behavioral Pediatrics Feeding Assessment Scale (Crist, W. & Napier-Philips, A. (2001). Mealtime behaviours of young children: a comparison of normative and clinical data. Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 22, 279-286).

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