Hi, i have a 5 yr old who pockets his food most of the time. He focus is only on listening to tv or others or tries to engage in a conversation with us. He hardly looks at his food. The most difficult part is that He needs constant reminders to chew his food. If the food has any fluids then he chews well such as dal rice, he does well with crunchy food as well. But doesn't focus on finishing his food. His most difficult ones to chew are roti or sandwiches. Mealtime takes forever and this gets very stressful sometimes for both of us. Kindly advise how can I make mealtimes more enjoyable.

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If the child prefers soft, mushy food only, give only that for the time being. Give soft foods like porridge ( dalia, suji, sago, rice flakes etc). You may also give vegetable upma of suji, ragi etc. You can gradually introduce solid foods in diet, by giving one or two bites of it. You can give slice of apple/pear or stick of carrot to chew on.Try and make your child have meals with family. This would encourage him to start with solids. Show him chewing your foods. Give gaps between meals so that he is hungry enough to eat. Children also follow each other. Seeing other children eat solid food would also encourage him to chew. Read the following blog for more details. https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/chewing-problems-in-toddlers/3111 Hope it helps. Take Care

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