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Dr. Jennifer Shu and her team of pediatricians answer your health questions.

Dr. Jennifer Shu

Question & Answer

Question

How can I get my son to eat breakfast?

Answer

  • ​Provide foods that are fast and convenient (eg, bagels, low-fat granola bars, fruit, 100% fruit juice [limit to 6–8 oz per day], yogurt).
  • Serve foods other than the usual breakfast foods (eg, sandwiches, baked potatoes, left- overs such as chicken or pasta).
  • Help your child get organized so that she has time to eat in the morning.
  • Make breakfast the night before.
  • If your child is in a hurry, offer her foods such as fruit or trail mix to eat at school.
  • See if your school offers a breakfast program.
Source: Bright Futures: Nutrition, 3rd Edition (Copyright © 2011 American Academy of Pediatrics)