My 2 year old daughter is not interested in eating food at all. It is really frustrating to feed her. She's gaining her weight too slowly. But her other activities are very normal, she's very active. Pls advice

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Updated on Sep 14, 2015

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Children in this age get fussy about everything including food. 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. Don't worry about the slow weight gain as after 2 years of age weight gain is much slower. Follow these tips for fussy eating and eventually it would lead to improvement in her overall nutritional status 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. Paise 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 Hope it helps.

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