Clinical case review

Refusal to eat: encouraging a toddler to try different foods

Eve Reed



Parents’ concern about their toddler’s eating is common. A consistent relaxed approach to meal times can encourage a toddler to try different foods.

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Case scenario

Dylan, 18 months old, has been brought into your surgery by his mother Daisy. She explains that Dylan is refusing to eat most foods but will happily eat small amounts of mashed potato. Furthermore, he will drink only milk in a bottle. Daisy is worried that Dylan may become malnourished.

How is this situation best managed?

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