Managing Picky Eaters: How to Assess Nutritional Status and Talk to Worried Parents

When kids eat very little or only a few foods, they risk developing nutrient deficiencies – or behavioral issues because of how their parents respond. In this guide, pediatric dietitian Megan Murphy, RD, offers simple steps to evaluating a child’s nutritional status (including how to distinguish picky eating from a more serious disorder) and ways to help parents turn meals into pleasant, not pressured, experiences for the whole family.

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UCSF Pediatrics

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Megan Murphy, BS

Megan Murphy, BS


Megan Murphy is a dietitian who provides nutrition assessment, counseling and education for mostly pediatric patients with various gastrointestinal conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies and celiac disease.

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