hi,my son is 1. 7 years old,he is a too active and sharp minded boy,but in food ,when compared to the kids of same age,he is too dull in it,actually the main reason is his father thinks like,if he takes new food he could suffer with stomach pain or any other health problem,so dont keep him in risk by trying some other new food,he is of that type,too sensitive and scary. And now a days while iam trying curries we eat with rice,he is not even opening his mouth,he got used to,:breakfast- 1. 5 idly or omlet,lunch-rice and dal,that to grinded and cooked,and for snack-raisins water and warm biscuits, dinner - again the same lunch food,while sleeping cerlac rice,thet too what we are using from 6th month and in nights when he is hungry again iam giving him cerlac,in middle breast feeding,what should i do,is this the correct way,pls help me with this,when ever i see him hingry ,he is not taking different foods and healthy tasty food,tears rolling in my eyes.

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Updated on Jul 11, 2017

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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 Milk should be restricted to 500-550 ml maximum in a day, so that the child doesn't fill the stomach with milk only. Keep enough gap between his feeds, be it solid or milk to ensure that child is hungry. From one year of age you should start with three meal pattern, i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner along with two snacks. Introduce one new food at a time, let the child accept it and gets used to it for few days. Introduce another new food only after a week. Do not introduce new foods back to back, it may confuse the child and would lower his acceptance. Try and keep the consistency thin to semi solid, depending on child's preference and swallowing/chewing capacity. You can give porridge of suji, sagi, dalia, rice flakes, ragi etc. Kheer of apple, rice etc. halwa of suji, atta, pumpkin, gajar, sweet potato etc. Khichri, upma, soft scrambled egg yolk, soups, mashed veggies, chapatti, rice,idli, dosa, uttapam,fruits etc.

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