Problems with Food

My child won’t eat or is a picky eater

It’s very common for young children to only eat very limited diets and still thrive, but sometimes older children continue to be very selective about the food they will eat. The dinner table can become a battleground as parents cajole and threaten. As long as your child appears healthy and is growing, there is usually no need to worry but it may be worth checking your child’s growth with your GP. If your child is losing weight, vomiting, has a lot of tummy pains or diarrhoea or anything else you’re worried about, then you should see your GP for a check-up. If you are worried that your child is restricting their intake on purpose and may be developing an eating disorder, please look at the eating disorders section.