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No child is without their issues regarding food. They may take on different forms, or have differing timelines, depending on the child, but every parent has their own grievances. While most of these problems phase out over time, some can signal more serious conditions.

"Food issues that persist for years or grow worse over time may be a sign of an underlying condition," say Natalya Murakhver and Victoria Stein Feltman, RD, co-founders of Apples to Zucchini, a healthy eating resource for parents and families. "Some kids want to try new foods but have a physiological reaction (gagging, throwing up) when they do. This may be a sensory sensitivity (meaning they are very sensitive to certain smells, tastes or textures) or just extreme food aversion."

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