Feeding a child is sometimes an arduous task.
When it consumes only a reduced variety of foods, it can reject all other options out of its standard. And, without knowing how to express himself clearly, he makes tantrums, kicks, screams, throws himself on the ground in an explosion of intense movements and uncontrollable sobbing.
In fact, some situations we call tantrums may be associated with a condition called Selective Feeding Disorder, or appear as an unconscious request for help in dealing with frustration. We should also consider cases of prank, even those inherent in the child's age group.
It is up to the adult to learn to identify the situation and deal adequately with each one.
How to identify the symptoms of the syndrome of Selective Feeding Disorder
Observe if the child consumes a variety equivalent to 15 food or less; if it rejects foods like milk and milk products; if fruit is rejected; if you close your mouth tightly to avoid ingesting a new food; choking during meals; if you cry during meals; you feel nausea and vomiting while consuming new foods.
If your child has symptoms such as those listed above, seek medical help. Usually, your pediatrician will assess the severity of food rejection as well as check for other problems that may lead to food rejection such as chewing and swallowing difficulties, food allergies, and gastrointestinal problems.
In some more severe cases it is necessary that the treatment be accompanied by a psychologist.