Hi l am new member here . my name is arcana bakshi and my question is related wid my child actually like am always worried about his health . he is under weight actually he was premature at their time of birth he was 1. 2kg at the time of birth and now he is only 9. 2kg. and moreover he will completel his 3tear in Jan. plz suggest me how can l increase his weight and he does not take intrest in food also plz guide me

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please don;t worry. 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. However, you could try the following tips to deal with your fussy little eater: Keep a gap of at least 2-3 hours between each meal, so that your child is hungry enough to eat. Serve a very small portion of a new food earlier in the day, when your little one is most energetic and the least aggressive. Avoid pleading and pestering the child to eat. Your child might come to associate mealtime with anxiety and frustration. Be a positive role model. Children like to mimic parents. So, 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. Allowing your child to fill up on juice or milk for most part of the day might decrease his appetite for meals. Be creative and serve a variety of brightly colored foods and cut foods into various shapes. Turn off the television and other electronic gadgets during meals. This will help your child focus on eating. Don't prepare a separate meal for your child after she rejects the originally planned meal. Children can be manipulative. And this can lead to picky eating. 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 Few suggestions for weight are Use whole milk and its products like curd, paneer, cheese, buttermilk etc. You may give these as fruit shakes/ fruit lassi. Cheese or paneer can be cut into small bite sized cubes, so that they can use their fingers to eat these. Alternatively paneer/cheese can be added to their roti/sandwich/dosa/uttapam etc. Increase intake of dals/legumes, eggs (hard boiled cut into small bite sized pieces or omlette etc. ) poultry/fish (curry, snacks, cutlets, tikka, in rice or in soup). Give more of fruits like mango, banana, cheeku,litchi, grapes, dates. These may be added to their milkshakes as well. Give more of potato, sweet potato, colocassia, yam besides other vegetables. You may add these to their roti/sandwich. Nuts like walnuts, almonds, peanuts and dried fruits like raisins, currants, dried apricots. Hope this helps.

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