My child doesn’t seem to eat much at meals. Should I stop giving her snacks so that she doesn’t spoil her appetite?

No, keep offering snacks. Children have small stomachs and need to eat more often than adults, even if it’s in small amounts. Snacks are an important opportunity to give your child healthy food they may not have eaten at meal time.

My child just eats all day as he’s playing. Should I take the food away and only offer it at set times?

Absolutely! By offering snacks at set times, you’re helping your child eat better at meal times, learn healthy eating habits and lower his risk of tooth decay.

My child is so cranky at dinner time and she eats very little. What’s going on?

Your child may be too tired and hungry by dinner time to sit still and focus on eating well. Try having your family meal earlier in the day, or offer a small, healthy snack 2-3 hours before dinner. It’s okay if she eats less at dinner.

My child sometimes gets constipated (hard stool that is difficult to pass). What can I feed him to prevent it from happening?

The foods we eat can help prevent constipation. Make sure your son is drinking plenty of water and offer him food rich in fibre:

• Whole grains: whole grain bread, oatmeal, bran cereal, quinoa, brown rice
• Legumes: black beans, chickpeas, lentils
• Vegetables and fruit: prunes and other unsweetened dried fruit, berries, apples, pears, peas.

If constipation is an ongoing problem, talk to your health care provider.


If you are looking for additional support or information around feeding and/or nutrition information, you can dial 8-1-1 to reach Health Link BC Dietitian Services;  OR you can use the Find a Dietitian site below to look for a fee-for-service Dietitian near youFind a Dietitian 

Dietitian coverage may be available using your extended health care benefits. For information click here.