Hi Experts My son is 4 years old. His height & weight is not growing as it should. He still looks like a 2 years old. Below are his statistics: Age: 4 years Height: 93 cm Weight : 12. 7Kg Fussy Eater Daily Diet : 6:30AM - Cow Milk with 2 spoons of Pediasure 8:00M: Fruit break in school 10:00 AM: Lunch in school usually Stuffed parantha, Veggie roll, Dal Parantha, Dosa, Fried Rice etc. ** Sometimes he has it but usually dont or eats half of it ** 12 Noon - cocomut water (1 glass) + Left out fruits that he didnt ate in school or Yakult etc 2 PM : 1 roti with Vegetables ( Usually eats half roti) 6:00 PM : Banana Shake with almonds powder and sugar 7:00-7:30 PM: Sometimes Pastries, chocolates , toffees etc 9:00 PM : 1 roti with Dal ( usually eats half roti and very fussy eater in dals. Eats very limited and selected dals only ) 10:40 PM : 1 glass of cow milk with 2 spoons of Pediasure. Thats his entire day's menu. Usualy Veggies are prepared more often in our house are: 1. Spinach 2. Capsicum 3. Potatoes 4. Fenugreek 5. Saag 6. Matar & Aloo 7. Lady Finger 8. Rajma 9. Arbi 10. Beans 11. Carrots please advice me what is missing in his Nutrition ? looking forward for your reply

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Answer:
you seem to be feeding fine but children have Food Neophobia which is a fear of new foods, which leads to a reluctance to try new foods. However, all kids grow out of it. Keep a gap of atleast 2-3 hours between each meal, so that your child is hungry enough to eat. Fix the meal times and serve food at those times only and not in between. Restrict the amount of milk to 500-550 ml in a day, so that the child would be hungry for other foods too. Serve a very small portion of a new food earlier in the day, when your little one is most energetic and the least aggressive. If you'd like your child to eat a particular food, then you should eat too. If your child isn't hungry, don't force a meal. Kids generally regulate their appetites by eating when hungry, so don’t fret. Be creative and serve a variety of brightly colored foods and cut foods into various shapes.. Make positive comments about the food you are eating, such as "this is yummy!", your toddler may be more willing to try them. Praise your toddler when he eats well, because toddlers respond positively to praise. Always serve small portions. Toddlers can be overwhelmed by big platefuls and lose their appetite. Keep trying. It’s a given fact that it may take 10 or more exposures to new foods before a child accepts them Remember that your child's eating habits won't change overnight but the small steps you take each day can help you overcome your dilemma Do read the following blog for more tips and suggestions http://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/how-to-make-your-toddler-eat-right/545 You should include dalia, bajra, whole wheat, rice, ragi, different pulses, vegetables fruits, egg/fish/poultry, nuts and dried fruits, milk products etc. in the diet. These can be given as porridge, kheer, upma, khichri, chapatti/rice well mashed with pulses/gravies, scrambled eggs, custards, vegetable poha, idli, pulao, dosa, pasta, cheela, cutlets, pancakes etc.

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