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18 Hudson Valley Parent ■ April 2015 week". There are quite a few feeding disorders that include extreme pickiness or food aversions as symptoms. If you feel as though your child is to the point of extreme pickiness, it is best to speak with your pediatrician and potentially have your child evaluated by a speech-language pathologist who specializes in feeding disorders to determine the next step. Q: My mother wouldn't let me leave the table until I ate all of my vege- tables. I hated it! Should I take this approach with my kids? Am I just being too lenient with them? It depends on the situation. If your child is a decent eater, but always leaves one or two particular vegeta- bles on their plate, but eats other veg- etables at other times, I would chalk it up to just not liking those certain foods. I mean, as adults we don't like every single vegetable, right? However, kids have different taste bud sensations than we, as adults, do. They have stronger reactions to bitter foods and tend to prefer sweet foods. Makes sense why they'd react with veggies. Plus, some kids need up to 21 tries of any particular food to determine if they actually like it! I prefer an approach that reduces pressure. Instead of giving a picky eater an entire portion of a vegeta- ble, I give one bite's worth on their plate. I tell them that all I ask for them to be "done with dinner" is to take that bite. If they don't like it, no problem, they can even spit it out. The point is that the child took the bite and tried it. Q: I'm a working mom, and I've run out of ideas to please the whole family. We eat too much pasta, but honestly, most nights I just want my kids to eat. So I skip the vegeta- bles and make food I know they'll eat, like chicken nuggets or mac 465 E Main Street Middletown, NY 10940 (845) 343-8212 BRACES AND INVISALIGN FOR CHILDREN, TEENS, AND ADULTS. eautiful, Stunning Smiles that will Last a Lifetime Where you are always treated as an individual, not a number • No more goopy gaggy materials with our high-tech digital impressions • Hurry in for our interest-free fi nancing and affordable payment plans! • Actual Patients Treated by Dr. Pachter Orange Pediatric Care would like to congratulate our Nurse Practitioner on passing her Board Certifi cation exam! Maria Bernardez, MD - Board Certifi cate, FAAP Pediatrician Evelyn Santiago, FNP - Now Board Certifi ed Family Nurse Practitioner 3206 Rt. 9W New Windsor, NY 12553 (845) 561-5227 301 Main Street Beacon, NY 12508 (845) 831-5995 Congratulations Evelyn Santiago! Find us at & for Hours & Information 3/$<(;3/25( 7KDW¶VKRZZHGR &20021&25( 7\PRU7LNHV 7\PRU3DUN5G/D*UDQJHYLOOH 8QLRQ9DOH1

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