Tips for decreasing mealtime battles in young children

Some tips to make mealtimes more pleasant when your young child has type 1 diabetes include:

  • Setting up expectations (and consequences) for staying at the table during mealtime.
  • Keep mealtimes positive and enjoyable.
  • Offer a variety of healthy choices to your child.

Avoid:

  • Preparing an alternative meal during or shortly after a meal.
  • Frequently reminding your child to eat during the meal.
  • Punishing your child for not eating.
  • Giving "sweets" or other foods as rewards.
  • Offering dessert only if another food is finished or the child "cleans" his or her plate.

Last Updated: March 2, 2010

Author: Kathleen M. Ariss, MS

Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

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