my daughter is 4 n half yrs old.. she's an extreme picky eater, she weighs 14. 6 kgs. I tried calculating her calorie intake n it's less than 900. Her teacher complained that she has no energy to play, n is becoming tired very quickly. I tried many ways to make her eat,nothing seems to be working.. could you please help me with this?nutrition Corner
Kids at this age become very fussy and picky eater. They need variety in food and they want food in an attractive way. Also they prefer small meals not full plate of roti, sabji, dal, rice. Give them small nutrient dense 5-6 meals in a snack form in a day. To improve baby’s appetite, offer more of finger foods, which can be mainly sandwiches cut in different sizes, made with whole wheat Bread, cheese/paneer or veggie sticks or prepare omelet or pancake/paratha with different variations and cut it into different shapes with biscuit cutter. Offer milk as milk shake, smoothie with many varieties of fruits and veggies. Try to serve foods in an attractive manner. Be patient and offer small amounts in every feed. Avoid giving too many liquid calories like juices. Keep a gap between liquid and solid feeds. Look for the signs to know when your baby is hungry and feed accordingly, Lastly do not force feed your baby and let your baby decide when and how much she should be eating.