Food and Nutrition

Child Behavior

Veenus
1 to 3 years

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Updated on Nov 15, 2013

Recently my daughter who is 4 years old got sick due to viral infection in stomach and had dehydration as well. Due to this she had hi fever and vomiting. The doctor had clearly instructed us that her liquid intake has to be increased. We did everything for the same, and by the grace of God, she is recovering. Earlier she was not eating and drinking anything may coz of no taste , or fear of vomiting. Now, when all is okay, she starts crying seeing milk, egg, chapati, vegetables. and will keep crying till one of us soothes her that its okay if she does not want to have it. Also, the very next minute she will be ready to eat chips, biscuits etc. What do i do. Coz this might effect her health, as she has become very weak.

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Veenus

| Nov 16, 2013

Thanks Shikha for your advise. I have been trying to explain the same without pictures,I will try with pictures, thanks for such a nice idea !!

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Veenus

| Nov 16, 2013

Thanks Anurima for your suggestion, I have tried only basic shapes like triangle, square and circle will try these also. Thanks...

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Shikha Batra

| Nov 15, 2013

Hi Veenus! I agree with what other pro parents have mentioned. In addition u cud share with ur child the ill effects of junk food. U cud show her the pictures of undernourished children who have to go thru bitter medicines, injections etc. it is important to share this with the child so tht child who has taken ur concern that at least the child is having something for granted should get facts right that long term dependency on junk food n avoiding nutritious food could lead to serious heAlth issues. I am sure sharing facts on net or giving examples would help in this situation.

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Anurima

| Nov 15, 2013

Hey Veenus, it could take a while for your daughter to get back to her normal appetite and diet. So as Haritha has suggested, dont show her the junk at all and encourage her to eat fresh home cooked food. You could try making food in different shapes (a chapati could be a cloud, omelet in the shape of a teddy's head etc). She could be tempted to eat colorful and attractive food. Hope she recovers soon.

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Veenus

| Nov 15, 2013

Ya Haritha, I agree with your point. And thanks for suggestion for making her food lighter and healthier. Thnx :))

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Haritha

| Nov 15, 2013

Hi, if an infection has been very severe, sometimes children are averse to what they were eating just before they got the infection or while they were sick (particularly if it made them feel more ill). Here's a few things that can be done: 1. Give her very small quantities of healthy food (maybe watery dal, some buttermilk, fruit juice etc) which is very light (her stomach may not be ready to digest very heavy protein). 2. Use purees or juices for a while, sweetened with honey. 3. You eat a little food in front of her and show her that it is not troubling you and 4. Don't give her junk. She may have seen you willing to do everything you can to make her feel better while she was sick, and is probably continuing to try to push her luck. :)

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