regarding chewing habit
Created by Updated on Jul 03, 2017
my sister in law's son is abt 3 yrs and still he doesn't know to chew the food.. if we give him a piece of chapati, he keeps in mouth for an hr and finally spits... what to do.. tried number of trickz but it didnt wrk... suggest some more ideas...
| Jul 03, 2017
hi Heena Shikalgar! this problem is not uncommon with children. Some children since the first year of life are served food in semi solid form or liquid consistency. When served with solid food either they out rightly reject it or vomit out. Since this continues for long this becomes their preferred style of eating. Some of the steps that can be taken to outgrow this habit are: ONE: start with a new dish salty or sweet as per child's taste which u believe child might like. Serve in small quantity. Let the child taste it. Donot force the child. Even one or two spoons can be considered success. For Next two three days again try the same dish. Try serving the dish when the child is hungry. Say during breakfast or in the evening,TWO: the dish should be yummy as well as appealing to the eyes say u cud make star or crescent shape of it using moulds or make it in the shape of cartoon characters etc. THREE: praise the child on tasting it by giving a star or a smiley. FOUR: while serving u should not be tensed or worried about the consequences. FIVe: send the child to parties, family get togethers say on birthdays, where he sees other children having such food. SIX: invite his cousins or friends where u cud serve food such as burgers, home made French fries, etc. SEVEn: try making breakfast, lunch , dinner family time where all have food on dining table and same plates are served so that child observes everyone having similar dishes. EIGHT: u cud seek his participation in making a dish which would he wud want everyone to taste and taste himself too. Do appreciate him for his efforts in front of whole family by giving him credit for the preparation. NINe: do not loose out, if he does not like one dish. U cud try something new the other day. I am sure Heena with your persistent efforts ,prasie and motivation, he will definitely come around. dHope this works!