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Dealing With Fussy Kids While Eating

Today's blog is about eating. For some mothers every meal is a nightmare. For a child who is a fussy eater refuses to eat almost anything.


What to do if your toddler refuses food.. Big Questionmark ?


Try the following suggestions if your toddler refuses to eat.


· Give meals and snacks at regular intervals-

As toddlers have short attention spans and small appetites, they tend to eat often during the day. Serve small, attractive meals.


· Try and give healthy snacks-

Small appetites mean that healthy snacks need to be offered between meals to give children all the nutrients th


ey need. Rather than processed foods, healthy fruits, nuts, home cooked snacks, yogurt and small portion of cheese can be given.


· Give them a variety-

The kid should be offered a wide variety of food items. It is not important that the child eats and finishes everything but he/she should be given the exposure.


· If food is rejected-

Calmly clear it away. Most food can be safely kept in the fridge and offered again later. Try not to scold, fuss or offer bribes to finish the food. Food should not be given as a re


ward.


· Give some choices-

Children like to have a say when comes to food especially for the fussy kids – this is all part of growing up. So give them some choices about foods. Remember, you set the limits about what choices are available. For example you could say, "What would you like to have for breakfast along with milk and fruits. Or, "Which cup do you want to drink the bournvita milk from – the blue one or the r


ed one?"


· Make food fun-

Food should be enjoyed, even if it is not all eaten. For a toddler, enjoying food means touching, feeling and playing with it. To develop the interest let children eat themselves. It will be messier but the kids enjoy a lot. Hands are as good or rather better than spoons, even if they are messier.


· Set an example to eat healthy-

Children will usually want the foods they see you eating and reject the food which is given to them


· Are you adding too much sugar, salt or fat to your food?



· Do you eat too much of outside food?


· Would you confidently feed your child the foods you eat?

Remember, you have to eat healthy and well balanced food which you can offer to your child which is important for growth and development.


Alternatives to some foods


Give them a variety.

‘My child won’t drink milk’… a common problem

Milk is an excellent source of calcium and protein – but so are many other foods. When a child is born, he/she is on milk only. Make it a habit or a rule- 1 cup of milk should be taken by your child everyday.



· Soft cheeses ( cottage) can be mashed in foods such as potato or bananas.


· Mix of fresh fruits.


· Yogurt


· Make into smoothies with milk or semi freeze it for hot weather.



Milk may not be accepted as a drink but happily eaten as custard or a milk pudding. Avoid adding sugar but add natural flavorings to milk drinks as it will be hard to get your child to drink plain milk again.


‘My child doesn’t eat vegetables at all’.

Vegetables contain valuable vitamins and fiber, but so do fruits. I don’t mean that vegetables are not important but so


me days it can be a little less than the desired quantity.


Most children will eat some fruits and salad vegetables, and these are good substitutes for cooked vegetables. Children often like the crisp texture of stir-fry vegetables, or they may simply eat some grated carrot when you are preparing the family meal.

Whether served raw or lightly cooked, these vegetables tend to be kid favorites:

--Carrots

--Fresh Peas

--French Beans

--Cucumber

--Capsicum, etc


These are few suggestions which has been explained. Hope this helps.




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