my daughter is 18 months old.. she wants to eat only cerlac n oats ... forcefully I give her milk one or two time I. e. half bowl.... what should I do for another food items..

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don't force feed the child as the child will vomit and would have negative association with meal times. You can try the following Milk should be restricted to 500-550 ml maximum in a day, so that the child doesn't fill the stomach with milk only. Fix meal times for the child, that is with family meal timings. Keep a gap of at least 2-3 hours between the feeds be it milk or solid. Don't let the child eat in between. Give healthy options, which should be what the family is eating. Give variety your child in foods. Encourage the child to play more to increase appetite. 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.

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