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Top 10 the Reasons Why Children Refuse to Eat


It is necessary to know the reasons why children may refuse to eat in order to take right measures. We have made a list of top 10 reasons why your children may refuse to eat. Take a quick look at it.


You must have been left confused many-a-times about why your children refuse to eat. So, it is necessary for you to understand the reasons behind such behaviour. You will be surprised to know that there are several reasons behind such behaviour. Listed below are the top 10 reasons why children refuse to eat. Read on.


Reasons Why Children Refuse to Eat

Let us take a quick look at common reasons why children refuse to eat.

1. They Don’t Like the Taste

They may not like the taste of food that they are eating. You can add various things like ghee, butter, spices etc. to make their food tastier. A regular Dal-Rice may taste better if you add a spoonful of ghee in it.

2. They are Bored

If you are giving them same kind of food every day, they may get bored and refuse to eat. Try to have a different menu for each day. In fact, you must ask your children as well about what they would like to eat.

3. They are Not Hungry

Sometimes they may have already eaten something which may have left them full for a longer time. So, they may refuse to eat at that particular time. What you need to do is ask them after some time if they would like to eat. Give them something light to eat at that time.

4. Childhood Behaviours

Children undergo a certain phase where fussy eating behaviour is common. During this phase you must try different recipes and ways to increase their interest in food. It is very important to follow a proper feeding schedule during this phase.

5. They Only Like Specific Foods

Sometimes children may refuse to eat when you introduce some new food item to them. During such times you must encourage them to taste it at least once. You must give them company to eat while you are introducing any new food item to them.

6. They Need a Company

They may not eat alone at times. You must always involve them in family lunches and dinners so that they get company and they are encouraged to eat. Always feeding them and asking them to eat on their own suddenly may not work.

7. They Need Spoon Feeding

Some children find it very difficult to get rid of the habit of being spoon fed by their parents. In such situation, they may refuse to eat when they are asked to eat on their own. Parents may cope with such situation when they keep-on spoon feeding their children for a longer time. Usually, children should start eating on their own by the time they are 8 to 12 months old.

8. They Want Something

Some children may refuse to eat if they want their parents to get something for them. Refusing to eat is one of the ways that rebellious children follow if they want to get something from their parents.

9. They Are Upset

Some children may refuse to eat when they are upset. So, make your children happy and encourage them to eat happily. Do not force them to eat when they are sad. Talk to them for some time and then cheer them up and then encourage them to eat.

10. They Are Facing Some Health Issues

Children may refuse to eat sometimes if they are coping with some health issues. Health issues like stomach ache or acidity may cause children to lose their appetite. Even if they are coping with common health problems like fever, sore throat, cough or cold they may not feel like eating.

It is necessary to check the health issues on time as it may become a cause of poor appetite in children. At the same time it is necessary to include healthy food items in the diet of children so that they do not face any health problems. If you identify any of the above mentioned causes treat them accordingly. After all no one can know a child better than his or her mother. Look for the above mentioned signs and handle them with a positive and a right approach.


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