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Child Nutrition: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

When a child is born, the family of the child has to do their best to ensure his well-being and good health. While a part of this is composed of timely vaccinations and good living environments, the nutrition offered to the child also plays a major part. The first stage of offering nutrition to the child lies in breastfeeding for which the mother should be healthy too and produce adequate milk. This helps the child in deriving the maximum nutrients from breast milk, which consequently helps him to grow up to be a healthy child. However, the process of child nutrition does not stop at breastfeeding. It progresses on to weaning, which is the introduction of semi-solid and solid foods in a child's diet; and from then on it progresses to proper meals that are made up of healthy food items such as fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats sans breast milk. The right nutrition can prevent the child from suffering due to a number of diseases. Diseases that are common among child due to poor nutrition and bad eating habits include malnutrition, diabetes, obesity, weak immunity, slow physical as wells as mental growth rate and host of other problems, some of which can prove to be life threatening. This is the reason why governments of nations all over the world place great emphasis on child nutrition and even have laws in place to ensure that children are exposed to basic nutritional requirements so that they grow up to be healthy individuals.

How is the treatment done?

Child nutrition is not a treatment per se as much as way of living to ensure the child leads a healthy life. The right diet can help a child greatly in growing and learning quickly. It can also help prevent all kinds of diseases, which act as obstacles in their development. To make sure their child's diet is healthy parents should give their children nutritious and home-cooked meals once they're off the breast. Every meal given to a child should be composed of a portion of fresh fruits and vegetables. Moreover, parents should make sure that their child's diet is inclusive of healthy sources of protein such as nuts, eggs, pulses, soy and lean meat. When giving them breakfast, parents should choose whole-grain cereals and breads instead of those made of flour as whole-grain food items are a rich source of fiber, which keeps the stomach full and helps control junk food craving. The quanitity of refined grains should be reduced in a child's diet as it can have adverse effects on their health. Moreover, fried foods should be avoided to the extent possible and while cooking meals, parents should made sure veggies and meats are not fried but rather broiled, steamd or grilled. This helps preserve the nurtrients in foods so that the child can get maximum nutrition from his meals. Junk food should be given to children in very limited quantities and instead healthy snacks should be offered. Parents should also give their children milk or fresh fruit juices instead of sodas and cold drinks. Besides monitoring what the child eats, another thing parents need to do is offer thier child meals on the right time and regularly so that they can keep healthy.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Every single child is eligible for and has the right to proper nutrition without any exceptions. So there's no eligibility criteria for child nutrition.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Since childhood is the stage where food allergies develop, parents should make sure that their child is not exposed to allergy causing food items. Moreover, in certain cases, a child may need a special diet in order to combat or minimize the effects of a particular disease. In such cases, parents should consult their doctor to know what should be a part of their diet.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects are non-existent when it comes to child nutrition. In fact, there are only benefits to reap. However, as mentioned before, those foods should be avoided which the child is allergic to even if they fall into the category of healthy food items.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

In case the child was advised a special diet to help cure a disease, parents should not discontinue this diet all of a sudden after the child feels well. Having a nutritious diet is a life-long thing. Hence, the only guideline here is that parents should ensure their child always eats healthy.

How long does it take to recover?

Since child nutrition is not a treatment method to be precise, there's no recovery period. However, if a special diet has been prescribed by the doctor to mitigate the effects of a disease, the recovery period of the disease may vary depending on what it is.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Child nutrition is a matter of consuming the right foods; and the prices of foods can vary year on year. Hence, there's no fixed price to child nutrtion.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Child nutrition is important for the child's health and well-being and can even prevent a number of diseases. In that way, it can be said the results are permanent. However, certain diseases can still occur despite following the right diet.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

There's no alternative to child nutrition; and eating the right foods is a must. However, if a child is allergic to a particular source of a particular nutrient, for example if he is lactose intolerant, then supplements can be given to meet the daily nutrient requirement. However, this should only be done in consultation with a doctor.

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12 Signs Your Child Is Not Eating Properly!

M.Ch - Paediatric Surgery, MNAMS (Membership of The National Academy) (General Surgery), DNB (General Surgery), MBBS
Pediatrician, Pune
12 Signs Your Child Is Not Eating Properly!

Spitting up, refusing to try new foods and occasionally turning up their noses at feeding times, is normal but consistently refusing food and water, vomiting and allergies may indicate an underlying medical condition that requires attention. Common feeding problems that affect infants include sucking, prolonged chewing without swallowing, holding food in their mouth and grabbing food. Infants who are unable to close their mouths in order to keep food inside may also be said to be suffering from feeding problems.

Feeding problems could be triggered by medical conditions like a cleft palate, premature birth, respiratory problems, low birth weight etc. or by non-medical reasons such as the child’s feeling of being unloved or stressed. Symptoms of feeding problems vary from infant to infant. However, some of the common symptoms exhibited are:

  • Problems with chewing

  • Excessive drooling

  • Refusing to eat foods or drink liquids

  • Long feeding times

  • Coughing or gagging while feeding

  • Difficulty with breast or bottle feeding

  • Nasal stuffiness while eating

  • Poor weight gain

  • Recurring respiratory infections

  • Vomiting or excessive spitting up of food

  • Arching the back while feeding

  • Disinterest in feeding

Though feeding problems are minor in most cases, it is important to consult a doctor if this behaviour continues over a period of time. This is because the child may be suffering from an underlying medical condition or could be at an increased risk of suffering from dehydration, aspiration and lung problems. It could also lead to delayed physical and mental development, speech problems and cognitive issues.

Feeding problems are addressed in many different ways. The first step to dealing with feeding problems is to change the texture and temperature of food being given to the baby. In addition, try changing the posture of the baby while feeding.

In some cases, mouth exercises may be needed to strengthen the mouth muscles. Chewing exercises and tongue movement may also help reduce feeding problems.

Encourage your infant to try different types of food by including different textures in their daily meals. Alternating food textures and liquids can make it easier for the infant to swallow the food. Do not force your child to eat in a hurry but let him or her take their own time.

In cases where the infant is not gaining weight, the doctor may suggest nutritional changes and a specific diet to help gain weight. In emergency cases, hospitalisation may also be required and your baby may be given a feeding tube to ensure he or she receives adequate nutrition.

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Know How To Handle Picky Eaters (Children)!

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Bagalkot
Know How To Handle Picky Eaters (Children)!

Is your child refusing to grab anything other than chicken nuggets? When your child’s nutrition is an aching subject to deal with in your household, remember you are not the only one. Many parents are actually worried about the fussiness of their children over food. But your child’s food preferences would also mature with age. Until then, you can consider trying out these following tips to avoid any kind of mealtime hassles.

  1. Respect your child's appetite or lack of one: Respect your child’s level of appetite and never force a meal, if your child is not hungry. Rather, serve small portions to give them an opportunity to ask for more, on their own.

  2. Stick to the routine: Maintain a routine and serve snacks and meals at about the same time every day. Also, keep a check on the number of times you serve those mid meal snacks and try to stick to that count.

  3. Be patient with new foods: Have patience with new food. Take time in introducing it to your child by talking about the food’s shape, color, aroma and texture, if not the taste.

  4. Make it fun: Try out innovative ways of garnishing your food so as to make the whole eating experience a fun and a thrilling one for your child.

  5. Recruit your child's help: At the grocery store, ask your child to help you select vegetables, fruits and other healthy foods. But keep off those foods which you would not want you child to eat.

  6. Set an example: Set an example by yourself by eating all kinds of nutritious and healthy foods, in order to set that perfect example for your child.

  7. Cut Distractions: Make sure to switch off from any sort of a distraction, such as the television or the washing machine and other electronic gadgets while feeding your child.

  8. Don't offer dessert as a reward: Do not reward your child with desserts at the end of the meal as this sends them an indication that the dessert is the best dish among all.

  9. Do not cook a separate meal: Do not cook a separate meal for your child after he/she has refused the original one as this might encourage picky eating even more.

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Top 10 Dietitian in Gurgaon

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri

Struggling to get back in shape? Contact these top 10 dietitians in Gurgaon that are expert in treating any kind of metabolic disorders like diabetes, hypertension, weight issues, dyslipidemia and PCOS with the help of diet. Diet has a major role and what you eat reflects in your health, skin and brain. A healthy and balanced diet most of your problems at a bay. Here are top 10 dietitians in Gurgaon:

1. Dr. Deepti Tiwari

Post Graduate In Food Science & Nutrition, BSc - Home Science, Diabetic Educator

Consultation fees: ₹600

Ms. Deepti Tiwari is amongst the senior dietitian and nutritionist in Gurgaon. She has over 17 years of experience and is currently HOD of  CK Birla Hospital for Women, Gurgaon. Before that she has worked with some of the other reputed hospitals like Artemis Hospital and W hospital. She is a member of Indian Dietetic Association. Her areas of expertise are diet for weight loss and management, Renal (Kidney) Diet, Diabetic Diet and diet to treat hyperlipidemia. 

2. Dt. Riti Bhagat

Post Graduate in Clinical Nutrition

Consultation fees: ₹600

Dt. Riti has over 10 years of experience and is known for her skill in understanding the patient's anatomy and body type, which helps in customizing their diet. She currently practices at Eatomatic (Wellstar Clinic), Gurgaon. She has treated many cases of weight loss, metabolic - hormonal disorders and clinical cases with simple diet changes in your daily eating habits. Her diet plans are very effective, easy to follow and customized as per your goal. In a span of 10 years she has conducted over 100 workshops in MNCs to make people understand the importance of eating right and indian foods and their benefits.

3. Ms. Anju Sharma

Post graduate Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, Diabetes educator

Consultation fees: ₹400

Dt Anju has an experience of 15 years. She is a senior dietitian at Medanta The Medicity, Gurgaon and was previously associated with Max Hospital, Gurgaon. She believes in tailored Nutrition remedies for her patients. Her areas of special interest are weight loss and other disease condition like diabetes. She can also be visited at Diet clinic, Gurgaon.

4. Dt. Ashoo Arya

Diploma in Dietetics, Health and Nutrition (DDHN), B.Sc Home Science

Consultation fees: ₹1000

Ms. Ashoo holds an experience of more than 4 years and in such a small time she has delivered a lot. Her patients have got very good result not only in just weight management but also in conditions like diabetes, cholesterol management. At Nutri Health Diet Clinic, Gurgaon you can get customized diet plans from her in fields like weight loss & wellness, Diet for PCOS, Diabetes, healthy heart or cholesterol management, or anemia. She also plans kid friendly diet for overweight kids.

5. Dt. Sheela Seharawat

B.Sc.(Hons), P.G.Dietetics

Consultation fees: ₹750

Dt. Sheela Seharawat is the founder of Diet Clinic Health Care Pvt. Ltd with more than 35 clinics across India. She has mentored so many dietitians in her field and has won several awards . She designs her diet plans in a scientific manner and that are practical to follow.

6. Dt. Niti Munjal

PGDND, FAN, Diabetes Educator

Consultation fees: ₹500

Dt. Niti Munjal has 10 years and is a leading of nutritionists. She is skilled at weight loss and weight gain as well as follow up diet in weight management. She has also worked with companies like DSM, Terumo India, NIIT, EVOK, Bhartiya International, Dr.Lal Path Labs, and schools like DPS, Mothers Pride, Salwan Public School and Kidzee in NCR to emphasise on healthy living and food audits. She currently practices at Diet & You, Gurgaon.

7. Dt. Vandana Verma

Bachelors Of Physiotherapy, Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education

Consultation fees: ₹500

She has masters in physiotherapist as well as a dietitian. Her areas of special interest are sports nutrition. With 7 years of experience she runs her own clinic called Fitness4All. She keep herself up to date with all kind of diet trends that float in the market, and can help you sort any kind of query. Her specialities are weight loss treatment, customized diet plans and schemes, nutrition assessment service, child nutrition ketogenic diet plans, and sports nutrition.

8. Dt. Ashu Gupta

M.Sc - Dietitian / Nutrition

Consultation fees: ₹1500

Dr. Ashu Gupta is a Consultant nutritionist with 14 years of experience. She has received many awards like Developing Country Sponsorship Award at 17th World Congress in Canada, Best Dietician in Gurgaon by Global Lifestyle Awards, 2014, and research work done at AIIMS on affluent school kids in Gurgaon in her career. She is a member of Indian Dietetic Association. She specialises in child nutrition, adolescent obesity and weight loss treatment. 

9. Dr. Kritika Bhola

Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, DNHE, BHOM, MD - Alternative Medicine

Consultation fees: ₹500

Dr. Kritika Bhola has over 9 years of experience and runs her chain of clinics called Cure well Therapies, with currently more than 3 clinics. She believes eating right can cure every problem. Her diet plans comprise of natural foods and no medicines or supplements are included. Her diet specialisation are diabetes, high Cholesterol, weight loss and weight management plans. 

10. Dt. Divya Chadha

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Diploma in Diet and Nutrition

Consultation fees: ₹500

Divya Chadha is one of the most dynamic nutritionist, who specialises in DNA diets. She specialises in weight management, clinical nutrition, child nutrition, & sports nutrition. In such a short span of time in the industry, she was nominated for the Great Achiever Award (Dedicated to PT. Dindyal Upadhyay) for outstanding individual achievement and distinguished services to the nation. You can consult her at Health And U By Divya Chadha.

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Best Dietician in Mumbai

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Best Dietician in Mumbai

With so many diets, diet tips and hoax dietitians around, it may become difficult to choose the best dietician. Here is a list of few best dieticians in Mumbai who have years of experience, are well qualified and can customize your diet as per your disease or goal. While choosing a diet you must understand that it is a is a lifestyle change and needs to be adapted for a longer run, so the diet should be flexible and sustainable. Best dietician in mumbai are: 

1. Dt. Neha Suryawanshi

Masters in Dietetics and Food Service Management, Diploma in Clinical Nutrition, B.Sc.- Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics

Dt. Neha has 13 years of experience and is known for her expertise as a clinical nutritionist with expertise in weight loss and weight management, management of diabetes, PCOD, lipid and liver. She is also known for her knowledge of sports nutrition. She is also experienced as a Corporate Nutritionist and has worked previously with VLCC and Snap fitness, before opening her own clinic- Neha's Diet Clinic.

Consultation fees:  ₹1000

2. Dt. Charmi Gala

BSc - Dietetics / Nutrition, PG Diploma In Dietetics & Hospital Food Service

Dr. Charmi Gala is an experienced dietitian with 10 years of experience, including her work in hospitals like P.D. Hinduja Hospital. She is known for her customized and flexible diet plans that are easy to stick and give long term results. You can consult with her for lifestyle related problems like weight, diabetes, thyroid or PCOD at Human Touch Clinic. 

Consultation fees:  ₹1000

3. Dt. Khushboo Sahijwani Matta

BHSC. In Dietetics, Msc Dietetics & Food Service Management

Dt. Khushboo Sahijwani is a certified nutritionist and a Reebok Certified Fitness Instructor. This gives her an edge as her diet plans are a mix of diet and fitness exercise, that help you achieve your fitness goals. In 10 years of career she was associated with some reputed gyms and has been part  of the medical care team for bariatric and cosmetologist surgeries. Her clientage varies across all age groups and patients from metabolic or lifestyle disorders. She has also written many articles for leading magazines & newspapers and health websites.

Consultation fees:  ₹1200

4. Dt. Janvi Chitalia

ACSM Qualified Personal Trainer, ISSA, ACSM, Diploma In Weight And Shape Management

Dt. Janvi Chitalia holds many national and international certificates and degrees in the field of nutrition. She is known for holistic approach balancing nutrition and exercise along with use of natural home remedies to boost metabolism. More than emphasizing on following a diet plan she lays stress on educating about choosing the right foods and combination of foods for sustainable and long term diet.

Consultation fees:  ₹2000

5. Ms. Sweta Shah

BSc - Dietetics / Nutrition, MSc - Food and Applied Nutrition, Post Graduate In Food Science And Nutrition

Dt. Sweta has 9 years of experience and practices at her own clinic- Holistic Nutrition. She specializes in diet plans related to weight loss and weight  gain and weight management. She is great at counselling and her approach is very practical which allows you to follow the plan, giving the desired results.

Consultation fees:  ₹1500

6. Dt. Geeta Shenoy

Registered Dietician, Post Graduate Diploma In Dietetics

Dr. Geeta Shenoy is a registered dietician in Mumbai. She is practicing from last 27 years. She understands your body type, its metabolism and then plans a customized diet for you. She is known for her clinical knowledge especially cases related to kidney, heart, thyroid and diabetes. Her practical approach yields good result in weight loss and weight management as well.

Consultation fees:  ₹1200

7. Dt. Amreen Shaikh

P.G. Diploma In Dietetics & Nutrition, BSC - Zoology

She is a well recognised dietitian with 10 years of experience. After gaining experience from major hospitals, she currently runs her own clinic with the name of Right Bite Clinic. Areas of clinical interest to her are diabetes, high Cholesterol and high Lipids, antenatal (Pregnancy), Post-Pregnancy weight loss, weight management and diet for thyroid and PCOD. She focuses on a balanced diet as a medium to gain and restore the health and doesn’t focus on supplements.

Consultation fees:  ₹500

8. Dt. Archana Desai

P.G.Dietetics, BSc - Dietetics / Nutrition, P.G.in dietetics

Dt. Atchana is a dynamic nutritionist, with an experience of 15 years. She specialises in weight management, clinical nutrition, child nutrition, & sports nutrition and DNA Diets. She believes eating right can cure every problem. Her diet plans are a reflection of same. She currently practices at Weight Loss & Management Clinic.

Consultation fees:  ₹1500

9. Dt. Megha Jalan

Msc - Dietetics

Dt. Megha, has 6 years of experience and has known to deliver excellent result when it comes to diabetes & high Cholesterol control through diet. Her other area of special interest is weight loss and weight management plans. She practices at Vedumrut Clinic Crystal Centre.

Consultation fees:  ₹1000

10. Dt. Ms. Malika Kabra Rathi

Msc - Clinical Nutrition

Dt. Rathi holds an experience of more than 10 years and is known for her results in weight management and therapeutic conditions like diabetes, cholesterol management. She is associated with many well known clinics and hospitals. She has excellent knowledge for conditions like PCOS, diabetes, healthy heart, cholesterol management, anemia and childhood obesity

Consultation fees:  ₹2000

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8 Nutritious Foods You Should Give To Your Kids

Master In Dietetics, M.Pharm ( Pharmacology)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Varanasi
8 Nutritious Foods You Should Give To Your Kids

It is often difficult for most of us to make your kids eat healthy food and keeping them away from junk and unhealthy food is a much bigger task. It is always easy for them to finish off a packet of chips than a cup of vegetables or fruits. Read on to know some of the healthiest foods that your kid should be biting into.

  1. Dairy products: These are a great source of proteins, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and other minerals. In addition, yogurt provides good bacteria. Milk and yogurt can also be included into smoothies which will also give them a blend of some fruits. Butter can be used in toasts and sandwiches as these foods are loved by children. You can replace plain milk with milkshakes, they are tastier and the children love them.
  2. Soups: These are another great source of nutrition, be it chicken or vegetables. They can be a good evening snack and not just prevent the evening hunger pangs but also come packed with a good amount of nutrition and hydration.
  3. Fruits: Each fruit contains different ingredients. Pick fresh seasonal fruits and incorporate them into your child’s diet as they hold a good amount of nutrients. Fruits provide a good supply of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and good sugars.
  4. Whole grains: Try a brown bread instead of white, replace refined flour pizza base with atta pizza base and white pasta with wheat pasta. These whole grains provide a lot more fiber and nutrition compared to the refined flours. The idea again is to let the kids eat any of them but on a rotational basis, so that benefits from all foods are derived.
  5. Vegetables: Get creative when getting the kids to eat vegetables and green leafy vegetables. From soups to salads to curries, try to rotate vegetables, and like fruits, use seasonal ones. They also have chlorophyll which helps improve their energy levels and reduce fatigue.
  6. Fish: One of the best sources of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, it helps in brain development and building immunity in children, making them less prone to illnesses.
  7. Nuts: While walnut is a well-known brain food, almonds are amazing for the skin and hair growth. Pecans are a good source of nutrients too. The rich oils in the nuts help fight diseases and are a great source of energy. Substituting the sugar candy with any of the nuts is a great way to indulge them in healthy snacking.
  8. Eggs: Whatever form, boiled, fried, scrambled, let the child indulge in their choice of eggs. A good source of protein which is very essential for hair, skin, and nails, try to squeeze in 4 eggs a week in your child’s diet.

Ensure these things find a way into the kid’s plate. In addition, some junk or fried stuff is always allowed!
 

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Popular Questions & Answers

My 2 years old starts coughing after drinking milk. It started around a few days ago that whenever he drinks milk he starts coughing. Is it just fine with little kids or is there anything to worry about?

FELLOWSHIP IN PCCM, FELLOW-PEDIATRIC FLEXIBLE BRONCHOSCOPY, FELLOWSHIP IN PEDIATRIC CARDIAC CRITICAL CARE, D.C.H., M.B.B.S
Pediatrician, Ahmedabad
This sign of reflux disease.. Lessen the quantity of milk Get the milk scan done Give more semisolid or solid diet Prefer to give food at regular intervals
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Hello doctor, mera 4 months ka baby hai. Kya main Ashwganda le skti hu? Kya breastfeed se koi harm to nhi hoga? Kyuki Kaafi log mana kar rahe hain?

Diploma In Diet & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Hyderabad
Every food you take or every medicine you take will get transfered to your child through your feed. Therefore please take only medicines that are actually needed for some urgent problem. Other wise it is best to avoid it for some months.

Please suggest a good milk supplement (like pediasure or complain etc) for my 3.5 years old son. We are vegetarians so can not have meat protein. Just want to make sure his daily nutritional requirements are met.

Diploma in Clinical Nutrition, Certified Diabetes Educator, Diploma in Sport & Exercise Nutrition, Diploma in Human Nutrition, Lifestyle Medicine, BSC IN LIFE SCIENCES
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Packed milk powders contain sugar and artificial flavours. Better to mix plain choco powder or cinnamon powder. Packed supplement do not provide any nutrition.

Which ghee is good for kids? Buffalo's or cow's? Is ghee Casein free? Please confirm.

Ph.D(Clinical Nutrition), M.Sc(Foods&Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
If the child is severe casein or lactose intolerant, please avoid any ghee as it might have traces of casein and lactose. Otherwise cow's ghee is preferred as per Ayurveda.
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What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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How To Feed Fussy Eaters ?
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This is Malika Kabra Rathi being a mother of a 5 year old and a paediatric nutrition since 10 years, I know how challenging it is for mothers to feed their fussy, picky or poor eaters.

So today I am going to share with you my 5 prong approach in order to ensure that your child eats well and will fully. A research suggests that when you introduce lumpy or chewy food at the age of 6 to 9 months, your child appreciation for food increases and it reduces the likelihood of him turning into a fussy eater later on. If your child s first took hasn't interrupted, don't worry his gums are strong enough to be able to grind that food. If you hadn't done this when your child was a baby, again don't worry it's never too late nor too early to start following these guidelines to tackle your fussy eaters. So the first approch is do not give up on food rejection and also an Australian research suggests till you don't introduce a new food for nearly 10 times on 10 different occasions, you cannot really label that food as undesirable by your child, so keep trying and keep patience. Remember that child should be practically hungry each time you introduce the new food. Second, keep calm Indian parents equate their happiness question to the amount of food their child eats, some mothers even break down when their child refuses to eat. Remember, a child will never voluntarily starve unless he is unwell. In fact children are very good judge of their own hunger and appetite signals. If meal times are friendly children really look forward to it. Just the way our appetite keeps fluctuating as per our activity levels, digestion, sleep patterns and the weather outside. Similarly, no single child will eat the same amount of food on your daily basis, so keep realistic goals and please feed on demand. Some warning signals for the parents whose child refuses to eat,no nagging or yelling not showing anxiety, no threatening, no bribing the child with foods like cakes, chocolate, biscuit cookies, and no running after the child with food plate in hand. If the child is suffering from constipation or lack of energy during the day, is not in getting in happy playtime or is falling sick very often please discuss the same with your paediatrician. Third, setup good and responsible examples, charity begins at home we all know parents and relatives staying with their young children are their first point of contact. Parents with restrictive eating habits pass on the same to their children because children learn their behaviour from their parents. So don't limit your childs food variety to those that you prefer, it may so happen that your childs taste buds are totally different than yours and perhaps all this while you were feeding only those who to your child that he didn't quiet originally like. Fourth, food and growth, like I said before child will never voluntarily stave unless he is unwell. So if he is eating well and he is growing well and not falling sick too often you are on the right track. If it is still your concern then please keep a tab on the total amount of food that the child eats during the day, children can graze constantly so the amount of snacks that they label on between there three full square meals just like we adults we love to have a 3 full square meals, a child may end up snacking more often and all these little little snacks that the child labels on ads up to their energy and calorie value and which is why they are fuller for longer hours. If you need further reassurance please check your child s growth and weight chart and discuss the same with your paediatrician. One word of question, there are children who eat well but are lagging behind in their growth and weight chart they could be hyperactive, so please reduce the amount of sugar, milk, chocolates, bakery items processed and packaged foods in their diet, instead substitute it with nuts, millets, whole fruits and vegetables, homemade ghee, homemade snacks and homemade curd and see the difference for yourself. Fifth, meal time strategies, be a good role model while you sip on your early morning tea and coffee do not expect your child to start his or her day with something healthy. Set up regular habits of eating and sleeping in time, a child when wakes up in the morning is practically very hungry provided he wakes up early in the morning by early I mean anywhere between 8 to 8:30 or even before that, avoid putting your child to sleep very late in the night or during afternoon. Early to bed and early to rise will surely keep your child healthy, wealthy and wise Encourage self-feeding and food exploration from a very young age don't worry if they messed up in fact teach your child about nutritive value of some common foods, he will be surprised to know what good nutritionist they turn out to be. My 5 year old child, as soon as he spots Amla in the market he tells me how abundant it is in Vitamin C and how it helps standing his immunity. Keep sufficient gap between two meals example anywhere between 1 to 3 hours is ideal depending on the child s age, activity levels and appetite. Offer a wide variety of fresh and colourful fruits and vegetables on your child's plate. Encourage each time he tries a new fruit or vegetable, remember, if your child likes a particular kind of fruit or vegetables avoid serving it to him on a daily basis because sooner or later he is going to get bored of it as children taste buds a constantly changing, in fact focus on variety in taste, texture, colour, consistency of food cooking methods and selection of ingredients. Offer alternatives between the same food groups if your child dislikes milk don't worry offer him a whole lot of curd, yoghurt, homemade paneer and homemade ghee. Do not force feed your child, a child will only throw up or vomit if you force feed or over feed him. Don't compare between two children because every child has his unique body structure, eating preferences and immunity, so don't compare two children on the amount of food they eat, their height, growth and weight. Food and water go hand in hand, if your child is eating well but is not having enough water it can further suppresses his appetite. So please ensure your child is hydrated well specifically in summertime. I hope my 5 prong approach is of use to you in your real life situation to deal with fussy picky and poor eaters, just the way it was for me. Motherhood is the best gift of nature so enjoy every bit of it and don't turn yourself into fussy mothers in order to tackle your fussy eaters,

Thank you.
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