HI, my daughter age is 4. 5.. wo proper khana nhi khati hai aur uska weight bhi accordibng to height kam hai ...she is aggresive even abhi s uski eyes k neeche dark circle dikhai dene lge hai i m worried abt her health plzzz suggest me mai kya karu.....

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you may get her haemoglobin checked as she may be anemic. This could be the cause of dark circles. Take the advice of your doctor for this. 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. 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 child when he eats well, because children respond positively to praise. Always serve small portions. Keep trying. It’s a given fact that it may take 10 or more exposures to new foods before a child accepts them. Some diet suggestions to help her gain weight are Use whole milk and its products like curd, paneer, cheese, buttermilk etc. You may give these as fruitshakes/ 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. Give more of fruits like mango, banana, cheeku,l itchi, 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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