Hello... i have a daughter who is three years of age.. she is very moody and adamant.. she does not like anything to eat.. i stay very upset because of her behaviour and not eating properly. she does not have milk at all since the time she left my milk.. she never had a habit of having milk through bottle and even now also she never have milk moreover she is very slow while eating food specially while having chapati.. she generally watches YouTube videos for kids on mobile or watches cartoons in tv while eating her dinner. many times she will not even finish her chapati and sleep empty stomach also... which makes me very worried as she is underweight also as per her age. kindly suggest me how can I improve her eating habits. would be of really great help! Thankyou in advance

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Updated on Mar 16, 2018

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the problem seems to be disinterest in food. Milk should be restricted to 400-500 ml maximum in a day, so that the child doesn't fill the stomach with milk only. Make eating joyful and pleasant experience for her. Make her sit with family to have meals. Keep appropriate gap, to ensure hunger of least 3-4 hours between her meals. Allocate fixed time for her meals. That is the child should finish her main meals in 20-25 minutes and for snacks give 10-15 minutes to finish. If the child takes longer than that remove her plate. Over a period of time the child would start finishing her meals on time. Start with some of her favourite food (whatever she likes) and try and serve in an attractive manner. Use different coloured foods. You may weave a story around food item, like a round tomato as a ball or a make a stool of 2-3 biscuits and something is sitting and falling from it. You can even make her have her meals with other children of same age group, be it neighbours, friends or cousins once in a while. Children follow other children. It would take some time before she accepts food normally. Try including the favourite healthy options for the meals. You can make snacks healthier by using whole grain flour, vegetables & fruits. Try & make regular food interesting like chapatti veggies as Kathi roll or vegetables, cheese/shredded chicken spread over roti with ketchup. Give variety your child in foods. Encourage the child to indulge in more outdoor games and activities to increase appetite.

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