When the child refuses to eat vegetables

On many occasions, parents complain that their children eat poorly. Many of them claim the child refuses to eat vegetables or fruit and they feel stressed by what could happen if the child continues like this, if he develops health problems or how he reacts in situations that are beyond his control, such as if he has to eat at a classmate's house or stay in the school cafeteria.

In the first place, we must bear in mind that there are different cases and different ways of acting depending on them. For example:

- Children who, since the introduction of complementary feeding, have always refused to eat vegetables. In this case, we must choose to offer them in different ways, in all that we can think of, and include them in all possible meals, so that they become familiar with the different varieties. On many occasions, when they get used to seeing certain foods on the plate, they become habitual, and the child ends up accepting them normally. On the contrary, and if the reality is that the child flatly refuses even to try them, we can use the tactic of including them, masked, in the food. For example, in the lentil broth, in the sauce of the paella or in a Bolognese sauce. It is much more advisable for the child to eat the vegetables knowing that he is eating them, and that he differentiates the flavors and textures, but sometimes this is an impossible task.

- Children who go through a phase in which they reject vegetables. Children go through times when they only eat certain foods and others when they reject any new or unfamiliar food. The stages, just as they come, they go, and it is not usually necessary to insist on the child. As a general rule, if you continue to offer the same diet, the same dishes that were offered before, sooner or later the child will eat the vegetables normally again.

- Children who eat very little amount of vegetables. Many children who eat a very small amount of vegetables also tend to eat very little of the rest of the food, which should give us an idea of ​​how much the child needs to eat. The child should not be forced to eat and it should be respected that not everyone has the same appetite.

- Children who do not eat vegetables but eat fruit and vegetables with enthusiasm. It is not too worrying for a child not to eat vegetables if they are getting their vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber, for example, from other food groups.

- Children who do not eat vegetables at home but do so in the school cafeteria. Normally, in the dining room, children tend to be more open to eating vegetables, as their peers do, so it can be a good way to encourage the child to try them, and to balance their diet, of course without stopping offering them at home.

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