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Children and food don't always get along. Like adults, children go through seasons when they eat great, and others when they don't eat so well. Sometimes, most of all, this is only an appearance, because the child, in reality, is eating all that he needs, or at least what he requires at that moment, and it is not to be alarmed.
If a child continues to increase the amounts of food eaten exponentially as it does during the first year of life, they would become obese before starting primary school. Nevertheless, lack of appetite is something that, in general, worries mothers.
When we come across a child who shows little interest in food, we should consider approaching the situation from two fronts:
- Encouraging the appetite, that is, perhaps letting them choose the dishes of their favorite character, the color of their cutlery, preparing colorful and attractive meals that 'enter through the eyes'.
- On the other hand, controlling the natural cycle of hunger-satiety in the child, observing his needs to determine when to offer food, establishing short times for meals, without having hours and hours in front of the plate and letting him control his eating himself, that is, allowing him to regulate the amount of food.
We decide the interval between their meals and the type of food we offer, we let the child himself decide how much he wants to eat, always remembering that a child should never be forced to eat.
Forcing him to eat a certain food is the best way to make him hate it for the rest of his life, while if you don't force him, he will end up trying it. Evolutionarily, children tend to reject unknown flavors for simple survival, so it is natural that they are reluctant to try new foods, they will do it little by little and in small quantities.
As they grow older, children have more and more stimuli, as well as more obligations, and abandoning their leisure time (games, friends, TV ...) to eat is not something they feel like, so it is usually It is useful to stay faithful to established routines and schedules. It is also important to maintain certain habits:
1 - Eat together at the table, without television or toys to distract us and integrating the child in our conversation at the table. The whole family stays at the table until eating is finished, setting a time limit. You cannot spend two hours stirring the plate.
2 - Teach with our example, eat slowly, chew correctly, maintain a varied and balanced diet.
3 - Put what the child eats on the plate, do not overfill it waiting for him to eat industrial quantities, it is not worth it, we will have a bad time and we will make the child have a bad time. You can always ask for more if you finish it.
4 - Avoid eating between meals, whatever it is. It is very useful to detect when the child begins to be hungry and based on that, establish the times when they will take their meals and snacks. Of course, avoid sweets and chocolate, which should not be eaten more than occasionally.
5 - Do not make special meals, the whole family eats the sameSome will like the menu of one day more and others that of another, for tastes, colors. It is clear that the day you like it the least, you will eat less, we all do it and we have to respect it.
Always remember that forcing is not the solution, just as yelling or punishing, bribing, or saving food for snack or dinner is not the solution. The calmer we are, the better results we will get.
'I was a girl who did not like to eat, my family was so desperate for this situation that they tried everything. Unfortunately, the only thing I remember was how traumatic it was that they wanted to stuff me with food and I mention several situations that I experienced (and I release my traumas, hahaha) so that please don't do it with your little ones. Why? because when I grew up I had severe problems with food.
1- As soon as they saw that I was not eating, the show of the belt on the table began ... (which meant a great threat that the belt could be used on my bottom).
2- A relative who lived in our house at that time, was very nervous so if he saw that I accepted 'a few spoonfuls' of food, he began to want to give me more and more and more and faster !! By God, how disgusting .... '
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