Hi Doctor my son is 4. 4 year old while eating food he does not chew the food instead keeps the food for long in his mouth we need to keep telling him to chew, it takes a long time to feed him please advice

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Updated on Jul 02, 2021

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Answer:
I can understand your concern. Making children eat is not very easy. Many a times we need to have patience with the way they eat and their speed. Different experts suggest different ways of feeding your child. 1. Understand if there are any foods that your child eats quickly and if chewing slowly is a concern with any particular food. 2. You could make the food impressive for the child by putting in various colourful vegetables, or drawing a smile on a chapati or an omelette with ketch-up or dhal. Try to be creative with the presentation of the food. 3. you can keep the food in front of the child and give him 20 - 30 minutes to eat it. After which take away the container and give him food only at the next meal. This way your child may understand that after sometime the food will be taken away. 4. Allow your child to eat by himself and do not force feed. 5. praise your child whenever he eats a bite quickly. 6. Do talk about this issue the next time you visit the paediatrician. Take care.

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