Here are 10 foods children may have issues with

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Is your child a picky eater or a problem eater? That's just one of the things that Dr. Robert Melillo discussed on WGN Morning News Tuesday. He's the author of the new book " The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan: Proven Strategies to Enhance Learning and Focus for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders."

Melillo said these are the traits for a picky eater:

  • Has a repertoire of 30 foods or fewer
  • Wants to eat only certain foods for many days at a time
  • Will switch to other foods and eat them over and over again, but will eventually go back to her former favorites after taking a break
  • Doesn’t like foods to touch one another on the plate
  • Will not eat certain foods unless they are a certain temperature/consistency

In comparison, Melillo said these are the traits for a problem eater:

  • Has a repertoire of fewer than 20 foods
  • Will eat only foods like deep-fried chicken fingers, hot dogs, pasta and pizza and appears addicted to them
  • Will begin to eat a food and will request only this food for months … and then switch to something else
  • Has a strong phobic reaction to new foods and will often throw tantrums, scream, kick
  • Rejects an entire food group
  • Does not want to touch food

Melillo also discussed the "10 most wanted list" of foods that children with neurodevelopment issues have problems with:

  1. Gluten
  2. Dairy Products
  3. Eggs
  4. Baker’s and Brewer’s Yeast
  5. Legumes (Beans and Peas)
  6. Apples
  7. Tomatoes
  8. Soy
  9. Corn
  10. Citrus

Check out Melillo's full interview in the player above.

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