Lack of proper diet
Created by Updated on May 02, 2013
Hi All! I am a newbie here. I would like to know as to how I can make my 2. 5 yr. old son have proper meals. Increasingly, he is shunning food and does not want to eat anything whether by force or together with us. Earlier, he had good weight. But, in recent 2-3 weeks, he has thinned down a lot. Occassionally, he likes to eat almonds/ raisins and is generally very fond of fruits. He readily eats oranges any time of day, papaya sometimes, grapes and occassionally water melon and musk mellon. Are there any other parents here facing the same issue? If yes, what measures are you taking and any and all advise would be of a great help. Thanks and best regards.
| Oct 25, 2013
Hi all! Returning here after a long time. Thanks for all the suggestions.
| May 04, 2013
One suggestion I would like to give is not to force feed your child. It is the start of eating disorders. You have to find out what your child likes with trial and error. My daughter would not have milk but loved cheese. Still does. She hates veggies but loves fish. Sometimes she would just not have rice, but if she was offered roti, she would have one whole with milk. I recently found out that while she always rejected milk with complan etc, she actually likes milk with just a bit of sugar. So give your child a few options at every meal (rice, roti, chicken, fish, eggs, different veggies) and find out his favourites and then mix and match accordingly.
| May 03, 2013
DEar Vishal... some lovely tips here by mums who are dealing with this everyday. Just wanted to add, when my son was younger, I would paranthas in diff shapes that he liked - cars, moon , star , truck (difficult!), human figures , even an outline of his favorite character,,and then as he would take each bite, taking off the wheel of a car or a bite off a star, he would love it..
| May 02, 2013
Great advice by Indu here. I would also recommend Pediasure. My daughter was an extremely fussy eater and pediasure really helped with her growth and immunity. I gradually cut down and stopped pediasure for her (she is 4 years now) and there has not been a change in her appetite. She is eating well, is active and alert. You could make your son get some outdoor activity before meal times to help him build up his appetite. Try not to force or stress out your child during mealtimes as he may develop a negative attitude with food. Instead try and make it a fun time and let him eat how much he wants to make him take interest in food. He will gradually enjoy eating his meals and I can say this from experience :) Toddlers' tastes change all the time, so please have patience and keep giving him all kinds of food in rotation. He may suddenly enjoy eating something he avoided earlier :)
| May 02, 2013
Vishal, I used to think same and asked my daughter pediatrician about it, and he told me the general view of people regarding dry fruits not correct. I don't consider either its summer or winters, its part of their diet. Normally people advise almonds to keep in water overnight before giving to kids. Nuts are reservoir of minerals and vitamins ... and definitely the fruits of season which u have told ur son in any case eating :). One more thing, I have started giving my son Pediasure - vanilla flavor and he loves it ... many people are against pediasure or any supplement, but I have started it now .. not giving him 5 scoops as they recommend ... but yes 2-3 scoops in milk. But last not the least .. There is no replacement of nuts, fruits and cereals :)