Hi My 4 yr old daughter is a very fussy eater. She doesn't eats any kind of fruits very selective in eating veggies Nd I have to force her to eat dal. For her tiffin also I don't understand what should I give her. She only eats milk products. I don't know what to do plz guide me.

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Forcing her to eat meals and giving too much of milk & its products is to be avoided. 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 atleast 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 her 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 Hope it helps.

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