Five approaches to dealing with your child's lack of appetite

You're probably aware that a well-balanced diet has a significant influence on the human body. Nutrition is especially important for youngsters in developing healthy habits that will last for years. Doesn't it seem terrifying? Particularly if your child is a picky eater...

How to cope with a picky eater

Many parents of picky eaters question how to convince their child to eat 'normally'. Another week of plain roti or dry rice or poha and sugar - sound familiar? Or are you that parent who has a fussy kid that eats just particular things for an extended period of time and refuses to eat anything else?


If you're wondering how to encourage your child to eat balanced meals without fostering an unhealthy relationship with food, keep reading.

When will the finicky eater begin to eat?
If you're reading this, you're undoubtedly concerned about your picky eater's growth. To begin, we'd like to reassure you that just because your child isn't eating doesn't imply they're not developing properly.


First and foremost, keep an eye on if your child is gaining weight as prescribed by the doctor, if they like playing, are in a good mood, or sleep well. If you answered yes, you are safe. Of course, we advise you to follow our recommendations for creating your child's proper relationship with food (at least with vegetables and fruits); but, be calm about your child's growth. However, if you are still unsure or don't know how to verify if your child is developing normally, see your doctor.

How do you get your youngster to eat more?

Making meals for a fussy eater necessitates parental flexibility and, most importantly, patience. The diet of a kid fluctuates like a kaleidoscope: one day the youngster can only drink orange juice and the next prefers only water from a certain brand. This sort of behavior is frequently governed by a developing body's demands, which communicates that it need particular micronutrients at a given time.

Children have moods much like adults, but it is more difficult for them to manage and express their feelings. This is why they are finicky, temperamental, or become enraged and toss their supper, which they are not now in the mood to eat.


How do you cope with the picky eater?
Here are the top five reasons why kids don't want to eat. Along with them, we offer suggestions on how to encourage your child to eat. Read these carefully - perhaps a little tweak made at home would be enough to get your youngster to eat willingly? :)

1. A platter of monotony


Children dislike monotony on a plate, although adults are accustomed to it: we can eat the same thing twice in a row, or we can eat handmade foods given simply. However, it is not so straightforward with children. Children are naturally interested in the world, dislike boredom, and like playing. It's also difficult for them to focus, especially toddlers.

It's no surprise that they get irritated when they see dal rice and vegetable. Take a moment to arrange the food on a dish differently - it's sometimes enough. Funny fruit and vegetable faces or animals can attract your child's attention and help them concentrate on eating. Bright food also stimulates eating, which is why youngsters gravitate for bright sweets. So wager on numerous vegetables in all rainbow colors and see whether it works.


It's also conceivable that the youngster is just uneasy. Make sure your youngster has a comfortable feeding chair with a proper feeding area. First and foremost, look for a seat that is broad and flexible, as well as a tray that is large enough. Also, consider your personal comfort by ensuring that the feeding chair you select is easy to clean, both the tray and the seat.  Furthermore, the feeding chair should have a broad range of adjustments that allow you to adjust its height to the table.


2. The stress

We are all aware that you want the best for your child. However, it is often necessary to take a step back and observe the child's plate and the ambiance that surrounds the meal from a distance. Putting too much pressure and stress on the youngster to eat ('for nana, for mommy... ') may set a harmful precedent, leading to future eating problems. Forcing the child to eat by using the reward-and-punishment method (particularly with sweets) may result in the youngster developing an unhealthy connection with food.  And that is something that every parent strives to prevent!


That is why you should make an effort to let things go. Is your child refusing to eat? Perhaps they are not hungry. Try to provide a healthy alternative (never sweets or biscuits). Sweets should not be consumed before the main course since they are filling and might induce a loss of appetite. Also, avoid watching cartoons while feeding since the infant will become distracted and will not be able to concentrate on the meal.

Do not, under any circumstances, scare or blackmail your youngster. 'Eat, because if you don't, someone will come and take you away,' or 'If you don't eat, you will upset your mommy,' is completely inappropriate. Never make your youngster feel bad for refusing to eat something. Remind yourself: how many times have you eaten till your stomach hurt trying to avoid upsetting your grandmother?  It is not acceptable to stretch your stomach to impress someone else!


What should we do instead? Before you begin cooking, encourage your child and discuss what they want to eat. Invite your youngster to join you for dinner; the mess in the kitchen will be larger, but the child's delight will be immeasurable. Furthermore, the child has a better probability of selecting something they are interested in at the time.


3. Snacks before to the meal

We touched on it briefly in point 2. Snacks 'taste bad' for both youngsters and adults. Chocolate, cookies, sugary beverages, and seemingly harmless fruits or other snacks are simply satisfying for the child; it's no wonder they don't want to eat his dinner later on.


 avoid offering your child items that are full or create a sugar surge (sweets). You must learn to tell the difference between when a youngster is truly hungry and when they are bored. It is a challenging art, since even adults have difficulty distinguishing between the two. That's why it's a good idea to keep your youngster active (for example, by playing, solving puzzles, or drawing), rather than waiting until all of the food is given. If the child is hungry but the chutney isn't made yet, let them eat the dosa and sambhar first. Nothing will happen if the youngster eventually decides not to eat the potatoes:) Don't get caught up in the "all or nothing" mentality.


4. Referring to the youngster as fussy

Do you recall the expression 'gifted but lazy'? People have a tendency to trust authority people' comments without question. Children's authority is their parents, so don't be shocked if they believe you when you call them a slacker or a picky eater. And when they do, it becomes a reality! 


A falsehood that is spoken repeatedly becomes the truth.  Remember to be mindful of what you say, especially in front of your youngster. They are not finicky, picky, or fickle eaters.


5. Let it go

But how can I just let it go? Yes, the answer is yes. Perhaps this is only a phase, a transitory moment that will disappear as quickly as it arrived. However, if the youngster continues to refuse to eat, even sweets, consult a doctor.

And if you see that the youngster misses the major meals but eats snacks or anything they want... let it go.


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