my baby is 22mos old, she is always a problem child when we talk about eating food. she is never fond of food. what she likes is potatoes, noodles and rice. whatever other things i have given her were always given forcefully or making her mind diverted otherwise she has never taken them by herself like other children do. she soesnt like sweet things like cistard, kheer or porridge. what shiuld i do? i m really pissed off now with this.

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Updated on Aug 21, 2017

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sweet things may not be necessarily given to a child. You can give cereal porridge as oats/dalia/suji upma. Similarly milk can be given in curd, paneer form as well. 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 she 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

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