SOLVING EATING PROBLEMS OF CHILDREN
Feeding the right amount of food and maintaining a balanced diet for children is one of the parent’s most important jobs. They always try their best to provide nutritious and healthy food to their child. But despite having multiple options, children usually say no to eating, and fall into various health issues. They might start complaining about stomach aches or vomiting, resulting in nutritional deficiency and food restrictions, and they will start to lose weight.
Children’s attitudes toward eating can be affected by many factors including the attitude and behavior of parents and other family members, or any trauma or stress. Although appetite may change at different ages and young children often refuse to eat certain foods, it is important for parents to develop the interest of their child in eating, and to provide them with a comfortable and peaceful atmosphere.
Parents need to understand the mood of their children and provide them opportunities where they feel connected to their parents and try to fulfill the expectations.
If your child refuses constantly to eat food:
Involve them in cooking family meals, it will help them to relax and focus.
Let them make some mess in the kitchen while they involve in cooking with you, Self-cooked food will positively encourage them.
If your child doesn’t like to eat with family:
Ask them to join the family table, and let them touch, taste, or play with the food, you can expect some mess from them but they will learn to eat when they will see others enjoying the meal.
Allow your child to feed themselves, help them if needed or let them enjoy the food with the mess they make.
If your child eats a very small range of foods:
Offer them some new products or recipes with ingredients that your child already knows and likes.
Toddlers’ interest fluctuates often, if they refuse to eat something, don’t force them but offer the same thing after some days.
If you are concerned about the overall nutrition of your child:
Offer new foods to your child, it can take time for kids to accept and enjoy new dishes.
Serve the same food as the rest of your family to involve new tastes more often in their meals.
Remember that, your child needs comfort and wants to feel involved. Being a parent, only you can make it possible by improving your connection and boosting the confidence of your child. The positive attitude and environment will also bring positive changes in the appetite of your child and they will be more involved in eating and trying new food items.