Author(s): Kate Di Prima
The number of children with feeding problems, food fussiness or food group avoidance who are seeing health professionals has doubled in the last two years. Apart from a dislike of certain foods and an aversion to trying new things, some children refuse to eat 'lumpy' or 'slimy' foods. Not many people know there's a strong relationship between learning to chew and swallow and learning to talk. Likewise, there is a little-known connection between poor appetite, fussy eating habits and constipation. More Peas Please provides an across-the-board guide to helping children learn to happily eat a variety of healthy foods. It examines the importance of feeding kids a balanced diet, helping them overcome negative responses to certain foods, and the significance of early feeding experiences on speech development. It also contains loads of easy, fuss-free recipes for delicious, family-friendly meals.
Kate Di Prima is a qualified dietician and nutritionist, and is a regular contributor to a number of parenting and health related publications. Julie Cichero is a doctor who specializes in feeding and swallowing disorders.