Our five most common clients

So who are the kids we actually help at Mealtime Building Blocks? What are the most common issues we see?
Well, Lauren and I have come up with a list of our 5 most typical clients. If your child sounds like one (or a combination) of these kids, then please get in touch (and they don’t have to be exactly like these kids, just one issue can be enough to cause difficulties at mealtimes)!

Child number one- the ‘not keen on solid food’ bub
Frequent comments from parents:
had a difficult time with breast or bottle feeding from birthnever really put toys into their mouthgags on new flavours or texturesclamps their mouth shut and pushes the spoon awaycries in the highchairdrops any finger foods onto the floorspits food out or holds in their cheeksonly wants packaged purees
Child number two- the ‘I don’t want it’ toddler
Frequent comments from parents:

happily ate everything as a babyhas started to graze rather than eating mealshas stopped eating vegetables and meatasks for the same food all the timewants to drink rather than eat (usually milk)won’t sit stillhas to have a TV or iPad on to eatparents have resorted to entertaining their children during a meal
Child number three- the ‘white food only’ child

Frequent comments from parents:
likes white/beige foods (e.g. bread, nuggets, biscuits, chips, yoghurt)refuses anything mixed or with saucewants snack foods only (e.g. crackers)whines for food but never really eats mucheats different food to the rest of the family at family mealtimescries at dinner timegags on vegetables (if they put it to the mouth at all!)

Child number four- the ‘scared of new foods’ older child
Frequent comments from parents:
Has a small number of foods they will happily eattakes their own food to play datesworries about eating at other people’s houseshas to have their own special food at school campshuts down if someone talks about new foodshas a limited number of dinner options that you rotate through
Child number five- the ‘is this normal?’ child
This child can be any age, but the parent feels stressed about some aspect of feeding. The parent might:
be worried about limited varietyfind mealtimes stressfulbe worried about the amount the child eatsconstantly have to encourage, coax or bribe the child to eatbe concerned about the child’s growthresort to offering many different types of food in a meal in hope the child will eat somethinghave been told not to worry, but that hasn’t helped!
These are our five most common kiddies and we love working with all of them! If your child sounds like one of our common clients, and you’d like some help- please email us to book an appointment.
**Please also be assured that if you are worried about your child’s eating, but have been told that ‘all kids are fussy’ and ‘not to worry’; we will take you seriously. You don’t have to have the world’s worst eater to benefit from a consult. We believe that all kids can learn to enjoy food and participate happily in family meals. We also believe that parents can enjoy family mealtimes without having to cook four different meals for everyone! Check out our contact details here.
About Mealtime Building Blocks
Dr Kyla Smith is a paediatric dietitian specialising in fussy eating, feeding difficulties and childhood nutrition. Lauren Pike is an occupational therapist working in fussy eating and feeding difficulties. They have a private practice called Mealtime Building Blocks in Perth, Western Australia. You can connect with Kyla and Lauren on their website and sign up for their newsletter, and the Facebook page or on the Instagram page.
You can also email them.

I'm a paediatric dietitian working primarily with kids who find mealtimes difficult, or are considered 'fussy eaters'. I've spent 10 years working on a government funded Mealtime Management Team and I've just branched out on my own. I love the specialty area of mealtime difficulties. My blog is based on key questions that parents ask about childhood nutrition, feeding kids and managing fussy or picky eating.

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