Food and Nutrition

My Fussy Eater Is Finally Pleased

Soma Sarkar
Pregnancy

Created by Soma Sarkar
Updated on Apr 16, 2018

My Fussy Eater Is Finally Pleased

“Please dear, finish your food” – this used to be my patent line every time I sat my son down for a bowl of meal. However, his response would vary each time. “Mumma, I don’t feel hungry.” “I don’t like this.” “I cannot eat veggies.” “I want chocolates for lunch.” And the tantrums were endless…
 

No matter what I cooked, my fussy-eating son never accepted it happily. I tried to feed him forcefully but it actually added to my problems. He started getting irritated, threw up in the middle of meals and used to get all cranky on me. Now, once he started to go to the playschool his eating habits worsened. As a result, he was always exhausted, low on energy levels, didn’t feel like playing in the evening and to my surprise, his immunity levels were deteriorating too. This was not good news for me! His weakness made me feel guilty. Being his mom, it was my responsibility to make sure my son had the assurance of nutrition. A few days on, my son started to miss schools often due to illnesses. 
 

I took him to many doctors and every time, I came back home with tonic bottles for my son. No one really told me how to solve the problem of fussy eating. Nonetheless, one fine day I was greeted by an old friend at a gathering who also happened to be a paediatrician. Upon explaining her about my worries she told me all about micronutrients (Vitamins & Minerals). She emphasised on one of the most common misconceptions - that eating more is healthy. She explained, “Young children have a smaller food pouch as compared to the energy they need to be cheerful all day. It is a challenge for a mother of a fussy eater to put all essential nutrients in her child’s tummy because staple food may seem to fill his/her stomach but it is not enough for a balanced diet.”
 

She finally recommended this nutritious and tasty junior cereal for my 4-year-old son and said that this should work well with my fussy-eater. And guess what! My son loved eating this cereal! One bowl of this cereal was packed with the nourishment of multiple food groups. To my understanding, fortified foods are made so that they can deliver more nutrients. This cereal is a very good source of Iron along with lots of Vitamins and Minerals. I like to call it - the ‘bowl of assurance’ because no matter how my child eats all day, just one bowl of this ensures that my child gets all the nutrients necessary for healthy growth and strong immunity system. Oh, did I mention how tasty this is? Also, it is very easy to prepare.
 

Additionally, I started to give my son healthy food, packaged in a fun way. This ensured he ate his greens and was nutritionally taken care of. Want to know what I offered him?
 

  1. Milk. But, blended with dry fruits (almonds, raisin & walnuts) and fresh seasonal fruits.
     
  2. Salad. I made sure his plate was rainbow coloured. I pick colourful veggies and cut them into fun shapes.
     
  3. Stuffed rotis. I made colourful rotis stuffed with beetroot, spinach and the likes.
     
  4. Sandwiches. I played with cheese slices, veggies and bread to create fun-shaped sandwiches.
     
  5. Fish & chicken were served as homemade kebabs stuffed with veggies and served along with mint chutney.
     

Apart from serving him food in an interesting way, I also started involving him in grocery shopping and cooking. We started sitting together to decide the menu for the day. I made him feel responsible for deciding who will eat what in the house. He started taking ownership of meal times. It was such a joy to see him put rotis on everyone’s plate and then ‘his highness’ would take his first bite and we will all follow suit.
 

Now we are back on track. No more tiredness. My boy is cheerful, happy and eats well. Also, his immunity levels have increased. Now, he never misses school! 
 

So mommies, if you have any other interesting ways of dealing with a fussy eater, do share in the comments section below.

 

Disclaimer: “SHSH programme is for educational purposes only, in partnership with doctors.  Consult a doctor for queries about your or your child's health.”

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| Aug 13, 2018

Thanks soma for this useful information. It will really help many mothers.

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| Aug 03, 2018

Useful

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| Jun 20, 2018

What is the name of the cereal giving to ur kid?

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| May 28, 2018

Where can I buy it from

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| May 28, 2018

tasty junior cereal those who wanted the name

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| May 28, 2018

Which cereal is this. Could you name it plz

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| May 17, 2018

i would definitely try this cereal with my kids.. I am sure they are going to love it.. thanks for sharing this "health mantra " which would cater to nutritional requirements of our children.

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| Apr 27, 2018

Cerelac for infants and if your child is more then 2 years then Ceregrow is good option, I am using it for my son

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| Apr 26, 2018

please suggest the name of that cereal.

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| Apr 26, 2018

Really a good blog. Very useful. its really a good idea to involve the kids in cooking and menu preparation to bring them on track.

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| Apr 23, 2018

Those who have young ones you can give veg or chicken soups two times a day. or if upto 2 years old cerelac can be given. Make Colourful recepies and try to sit whole family together for meal ,it helps a lot for the baby to interact with the family. they can enjoy eating from everyone's plate. give it a try. i used to tell new stories during every meal so my kids remains busy in listening and i feed him without forcing.

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| Apr 21, 2018

my baby is 8 months old what type of veggies for him should I make him to eat he don't have teeth to chew

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| Apr 20, 2018

Good suggestions.... But my 18 month baby doesn't want to eat anything. He has no interest on food..... What to do

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| Apr 19, 2018

good blog. but my 5 years old baby don't want to chew anything. she is just taking in to the stomach. she likes jam bread , cake in Tiffin but shes taking back sandwich, parathas, poha, upma and i have to again feed her by my hand forcefully after she came. she dnt like non- veg, egg which is protein based. she always having leg pain and b'coz of that crying whole night. what shall I do ??? Plz suggest

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| Apr 19, 2018

Hi,i want to share something from u all. for fussy eaters u can give 1 Immuno boosters daily (made by cipla). its vry effectful for those kids who does not want to eat.. its 100% immunity nutrients. vit A,B9,C nd iron. evrything is in it. so try it.

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| Apr 19, 2018

Nice blog... But my son 15 months old. He cant tell me any food. Everything feed forcefully. I really feel guilt but what can i do.

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| Apr 17, 2018

Will try these out for sure! :)

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| Apr 17, 2018

Nice blog.

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| Apr 17, 2018

Nice tips. Thanks for sharing.

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| Apr 17, 2018

Nice idea. Ty. :)

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| Apr 17, 2018

My baby loves cereal!

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| Apr 17, 2018

Even I give cereal to my baby. It is really helpful.

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| Apr 17, 2018

Giving khichdi is also a good option. It is easily digestible and nutritious.

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| Apr 17, 2018

Good idea! Thanks for sharing.

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| Apr 17, 2018

I am facing same problems. Even I will try giving my child cereal now.

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| Apr 17, 2018

Nice blog!

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