How To Make Your Fussy Eater Eat Healthy

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How To Make Your Fussy Eater Eat Healthy?

Puja Sharma Vasisht, Nutrition Expert


Feb 26, 2019 | 11 : 00 AM to 12 : 00 PM

Lack of proper nutrition is one of the major concerns of most of the moms. More so if your child happens to be a picky or fussy eater! Feeding such a child becomes difficult, as every meal time is an effort for the mother who remains worried that the child is not eating enough. However, we all know that force feeding is not an option. Then what is the solution? How to induce positive eating habit in your child, too? Why does your child become a picky eater?



1. Easy availability of junk food: There are different reasons why children grow up to be picky eaters. The easy availability of junk food is a major reason. paediatricians says that junk food including fast food, ready to eat packed meals, processed foods, soft drinks and so on, are high in carbohydrates and fats. It is important that a child be kept away from these as long as possible and is only introduced to fresh, healthy food.  Many a time, parents use a child’s demand for ‘burgers and pizzas’ as rewards for acceptable behaviour and conduct. This has a long lasting impact on child’s eating habits as they starts weighing everything in terms of junk food.



2. Fear of trying anything new: Most children face ‘neophobia’ which is fear of trying out something new. Force feeding is not recommended way to counter this fear. Children can get anxious when fed forcibly. Your child’s relationship with food can get sour if you are constantly controlling it. It is important that you control your child’s eating habits when they are very young. Around the age of four allow them to make their own choices. If they make the wrong choices, structure their choices by explaining the impact of junk.



3. Understand and appreciate your child’s appetite: It is high time when we parents need to understand that appetites of children suit their needs and not expectations. Children don’t need a whole lot of food they need quality food even if it is consumed in small quantities.



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Hello Dr, what is the right quantity of diet for 3 yr old child??

Hello Dr, what is the right quantity of diet for 3 yr old child??

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Puja Sharma Vasisht
Hi Anu, there is no fixed quantity for any food which is to be fed to the child. You may give some approximate amounts, that too depending on your child's individual appetite and needs. 2019-02-26 11:11:43
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So may give around 3-5 servings of cereals in a day. By one serving of cereals we mean, a chapatti/puri/parantha/slice of bread, small katori of cooked rice, small bowl of cooked porrigde. 2019-02-26 11:13:22
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Similarly 1-2 servings of vegetables, 1-2 servings of fruits, a katori of dal/beans, 400-500 ml of milk including curd can be given in a day. 2019-02-26 11:15:34
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hiii mam can u plz tell me a diet chart for a fussy eater 2 year old baby???? she is not interested....

hiii mam can u plz tell me a diet chart for a fussy eater 2 year old baby???? she is not interested in eating food .....

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Puja Sharma Vasisht
Hi Amrita, children have in this age have Food Neophobia which is a fear of new foods, which leads to a reluctance to try new foods. However, with time all children grow out of it. You have to try new ways of presenting the same old food to make it attractive enough for the child to try. 2019-02-26 11:19:36
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Chapatti can be filled with vegetables and given in a form of roll. This roll can be further cut into smaller rolls for the child to enjoy the finger food. Another way could be to add a little tomato puree/ketchup with grated cheese/paneer and vegetables on the chapatti and serve it like a pizza. Yet another way can be kneading the dough of chapatti with different coloured vegetables to get different coloured rotis. Be creative and serve a variety of brightly colored foods and cut foods into various shapes. 2019-02-26 11:22:55
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Give cereals like rice with dal/khichdi form, porridges, small bites of chapatti, pasta, upma, idli etc. Dals /legumes well cooked. Start with mashed and bring to regular consistency as the toddler starts chewing. Finger foods like cutlets, hard boiled eggs, small sandwiches, rolls, whole fruits. Small pieces of foods that can be handled with spoon or fork. Veg desserts like carrot /pumpkin/ghia halwa. Spinach/carrot burfi. 2019-02-26 11:29:43
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Hii mam my son is 2years old but he do not like to eat any thing neither rice nor roti..in full day....

Hii mam my son is 2years old but he do not like to eat any thing neither rice nor roti..in full day he drink 500ml to 600ml milk by baby milk bottle..plz guide me how to increase his interest towards food..

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Puja Sharma Vasisht
Hi Himanshu, you need to first reduce the intake of milk if the child is not eating solids. This would help as the child is filling his stomach with milk only. Reducing the milk amount would help keep the child hungry enough to accept solids. 2019-02-26 11:37:25
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You can make the child sit in a comfortable chair along with other family members for the meal times. Serve little food in his plate, which the child can handle himself and eat. You can offer him finger foods like slices of fruits, stick of carrot, a bite of chapatti or whatever he usually eats. Seeing others eat on their own would gradually encourage him too, to eat on his own. 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. 2019-02-26 11:39:23
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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. 2019-02-26 11:43:12
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hello mam mai apne beti ka schedule maintain nahi kar pati me use pure din na sulake kitne bhi jald....

hello mam mai apne beti ka schedule maintain nahi kar pati me use pure din na sulake kitne bhi jaldi sulau to bhi 9clock se phele nahi ut thi to subh ka doodh aur 2badam ke bad breakfast aur lunch ka time nahi maintain kar pati

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Puja Sharma Vasisht
Hi Dev, You need to wake the child earlier. Let her play around after her milk and badam 2019-02-26 11:06:25
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This would also help in increasing your child's appetite. 2019-02-26 11:07:00
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You can also give milk, almonds and cereal together in her breakfast. 2019-02-26 11:07:31
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Then you can keep a gap between her breakfast and lunch 2019-02-26 11:07:56
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mam when i wake her ealier she will panik she won't do anything else being on my lap

mam when i wake her ealier she will panik she won't do anything else being on my lap

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Puja Sharma Vasisht
Hi Dev, let her sit on your lap and play for a while. 2019-02-26 11:51:12
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The child might not want to eat immediately after getting up. 2019-02-26 11:51:42
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Give her some time and let her be little hungry and then you can offer her breakfast. 2019-02-26 11:52:13
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my daughter specifically eats only a few veggies like potato, rajma, chole and dal ocassionally. wha....

my daughter specifically eats only a few veggies like potato, rajma, chole and dal ocassionally. what are thebother waus to give het more veggies

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Puja Sharma Vasisht
Hi Ekta, you need to gradually introduce all varieties of dals, vegegies and curries. 2019-02-26 11:54:26
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It is always better to introduce a less familiar/favoured food with the familiar, favourite food. That is with the rajma, chole, you can start with little amounts of vegetables. 2019-02-26 11:56:23
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You can also add various vegetables in combination to her favourite potato like pea, cauliflower, spinach, brinjal etc. 2019-02-26 11:57:10
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Vegetables can be added to dough of chapatti, to sandwiches, pasta, rolls,upma, idli, khichri, rice also. 2019-02-26 11:58:11
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You also start giving positive comments while eating vegetables with her. 2019-02-26 11:58:43
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They can also be cut in different shapes like dice of cucumber, sticks of carrots, rounds of tomatoes etc. 2019-02-26 11:59:34

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