PediaSure Expert Advice

7 tips for creating positive food experiences for fussy eaters

“Having a fussy eater can be incredibly frustrating, but it’s not uncommon. In fact, fussy eating occurs in 25–50% of children,1 and these behaviours are considered a normal part of child development.

Here are 7 of my tried and tested tips for creating positive food experiences for your fussy eater.”

– Karina Savage, Paediatric Dietitian


Tips for stress-free mealtimes

“Kids can become fussy eaters as they navigate the variety of foods we offer them. As a parent, this can be really stressful, because we worry that they’re not getting enough nutrients to help them grow.

Here are my 3 tips to help create stress-free mealtimes when it comes to fussy eaters.”

– Dr Andrew Leech, GP

Top tips for fussy eating

“If your child has suddenly become a fussy eater, it can be concerning. The diet of fussy eaters are lower in key nutrients, including iron, zinc, folate and fibre, which can impact digestion, energy production, immune function and growth.

Here are my top strategies to help increase the range of foods your child will eat, so they can improve their nutrient intake.”

– Susie Burrell, Dietitian

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References: 1. Better Health Channel. Toddlers and Fussy Eating. Available at:

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5 ways to keep your child focused at mealtimes

“Shared mealtimes are extremely helpful to expose your child to a wide variety of family foods. However, if your child struggles with attention and focus, it can be difficult for them to participate during this time.

Here are my tips to support your child to focus during mealtimes.”

– Maddie Todd, Paediatric Dietitian

5 tips to stop your child from getting ‘hangry’

“When children have missed out on food or there’s been a long gap between meals, they can get ‘hangry’. Certain preservatives in food can also negatively impact children’s behaviour.

Here are my 5 tips for avoiding the irritability and impatience that can come with a ‘hangry’ child.”

– Dr Andrew Leech, GP

4 ways to know when your child is hungry or full

“If your child is going too long without eating or eating too frequently, they may find it difficult to regulate their emotions, attention and energy levels.

Here are some ways you can better understand your child’s hunger and fullness signals.”

– Maddie Todd, Paediatric Dietitian

5 ways to help your child eat when they are sensitive to taste, texture and smell

“Understanding your child’s sensory preferences around food can help maximise their nutritional intake.

Here are my tips to help you understand and work with your child’s sensory preferences.”

– Maddie Todd, Paediatric Dietitian

5 tips for supporting a child who only eats white foods

“It can be really worrying when your child will only accept a limited range of foods.

If your child tends to only go for white foods, here are my 5 tips to make sure they still get all the nutrition they need.”

– Maddie Todd, Paediatric Dietitian

How ADHD medications change your child’s appetite

“Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often have difficulty concentrating and may be easily distracted. Stimulant medication to treat the condition can also cause children to have a reduced appetite.

Here are my top 3 tips for helping to ensure your child gets the nutrition they need when on stimulant medication.”

– Dr Andrew Leech, GP

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ADHD: attention deficit disorder.

How to stimulate your child’s appetite

“We all want our children to eat well, but sometimes they just aren’t hungry. This could be for many reasons, including illness, medications, nutrient deficiencies, tiredness and stress.

Here are my 3 tips to help stimulate your child’s appetite, so you can maximise their nutrition.”

– Karina Savage, Paediatric Dietitian


5 ways to nourish your child when they are sick

“When children are unwell, their appetites decline. However, this is also a time when their nutritional requirements increase because their little bodies are fighting infection. In addition, their gut may not absorb nutrients as well when they are sick.

Here are 5 tips to help encourage your child’s nutritional intake when they are unwell.”

– Karina Savage, Paediatric Dietitian


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