Reflux Mom's Guide to Books for your Picky Eater

Jan Gambino Health Guide

    Children learn so much from reading books. From toilet training to dealing with a bully, it seems like every topic is covered. A toddler or child with Gastroesophageal Reflux may need extra encouragement to try new foods and expand her diet. She may associate eating with discomfort, a bad taste in her mouth and pain. Even when treatments have successfully decreased the pain, she still may approach mealtime with a turned up nose and a negative attitude. A book about food may help her see food in a more positive light and give you both the opportunity to talk about food and eating in a whole new way.

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    Here are some of my favorite books about food and eating:


    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle: Who hasn’t read (and possibly memorized) this classic children’s book?


    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss: Another classic children’s book that is read over and over again.


    Gregory the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat: Gregory is a young goat who only wants to eat fruits and vegetables and not old shoes and boxes like the other little goats. His worried parents take him to the doctor…


    DW the Picky Eater by Marc Brown: Fans of the Arthur cartoon series will enjoy this tale about DW and her strong dislike of spinach.


    Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert: A beautiful, colorful ABC book.


    Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert: Colorful graphics and easy to read text.


    Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli: Board book for the youngest readers.


    How are you Peeling, Play with your Food, Food Play, Dog Food, Food for Thought, Fast Food and Baby Food by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers: Creative and funny photos of foods made into ordinary object.  


    Happy Reading and Happy Eating!




Published On: December 09, 2010