Posted by: icmadoptionnetwork | March 6, 2013

Transitioning Your Child’s Diet

Today’s blog is information gathered from the the Spoon Foundation, which can be found at www.adoptionnutrition.org. The Spoon Foundation is an organization that is dedicated to providing information and advocacy for the nutritional health of children that have been adopted and are in the foster system.

When a child comes into your home for the first time, they are often times experiencing a new diet and developing new eating habits. This transition can be difficult for children. Here are a few pointers for helping children who are transitioning to a new diet regimen.

  • When the child first comes into your home, the changes to their diet can be very difficult for them. Therefore try and incorporate at least one food item in every meal that is familiar to them. For instance, if you have adopted a child internationally, and rice has been a main staple of their diet, try and incorporate rice into your meals. A rice cooker is a great investment!
  • When your child will not eat a particular food the first time they try it, that does not necessarily mean that they do not like that food. As with most people (ourselves included), the palate takes time to get used to new foods. Have the food on several different occassions before writing it off. It is also important to remember that oftentimes children can be very sensitive to the textures of food. If your child does not enjoy a baked chicken, try a chicken salad sandwich, where the texture of the chicken is completely different and more moist. Consider serving foods in different ways. For instance, a child might not like hard boiled eggs, but might love scrambled eggs.
  • During the intial transition period of the child being in your home, supplement their diet with an iron-fortified multivitamin.

If you have any other diet advice to share with other families, feel free to share. Transitioning your child’s diet can be difficult for adoptive parents, especially when you feel the need to cater meals to each individual child. The goal is to not make a different meal for each child, but to make one meal that each child will eat.

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