Most food fads last only a couple of weeks, though it can seem like an eternity, especially if you're concerned about your child's diet, says Peters. "But if you consistently offer him different healthy foods, he'll eventually take in all the nutrients he needs." To get through a food kick:
A child who demands pancakes morning, noon, and night could drive any parent nuts. But such high-maintenance behavior is typical of toddlers. "They love repetition," says Paula Peters, Ph.D., associate professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, in Manhattan, KS. "And choosing what they'll eat is one of the first ways they assert their independence."