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DON’T FUSS IF YOUR CHILD IS A FUSSY EATER

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DINNER TABLE TURNS INTO A DRAMA - An invisible curtain is raised over the drama that continues each day. The lead character: Your child chooses what to eat, what to spit out, when to leave the table and you are left like a helpless watcher of this saga.

You are worried that every meal increases your distress and alarm. And when you try to make attempts at his/her healthy food intake, all your attempts get foiled. You wonder when will your drama see a new and happy beginning.

Don’t panic. You are not alone.

Many before you and along with you have tried to deal with children who fuss with food. But, with children, learning to eat comes at a certain pace - much like learning to speak or walk. And with each child the pace is different. Don’t run the race of getting ahead of your child’s pace and eventually yours. It will only exhaust you. And it really isn’t worth draining your energy.

If your child seems healthy otherwise but you worry about his/her growth then it is about providing the right amount of nutrition until the child grows out of the fussy phase - well, literally!

So, bring your focus onto nutrition rather than food. It is time to turn the tables!

Before you do so ask yourself a few questions:

  • What are your child’s needs?
  • What sort of nutrition is the real nourishment for his growth?
  • What are the activities that will help him stay engaged into the act of eating good healthy food?

Here are a few things to follow:

Pay attention to whether the mealtimes are regular. A routine time, with meals that are varied could peak the interest of your tiny tot

The art of substitution always works. If your child doesn’t go near vegetables, try fruit, if milk doesn’t work try yogurt. Disguise works – Mix it up, give the munchkin flavoured yogurt and watch how it gets slurped.

Be patient. If your little one is a slow eater, don’t get him/her to hurry up, that will only make matters difficult. Relax and try putting on some music in the room and let the kid eat slowly. Speeding is something he/she will learn eventually in life. What is the rush?

Make sure you aren’t stuffing your child unnecessarily. Children have small stomachs and if you try filling them with too many foods- especially fluids in an effort to get them to eat, it will pose as a problem. Take your time to gauge your child’s capacity and go with it.

When it comes to nutrition, it is important to provide your child with the essential ingredients for his/her growth. The only path to ensure this is by supplementing the diet you have planned with a dosage.

If you notice that your child is low on energy because of the fussy eating habits it could mean that there is a lack of Vitamins. Because all the different B vitamins work together to support overall well-being by promoting energy metabolism and energy release and therefore helping the child lead a healthy active lifestyle. Consult a medical expert on vital supplements such as B vitamins to improve your child’s energy levels. While the eating regimen sets its pace in time, your child’s nutrition and eventually growth will never be compromised. Make sure that your child gets his/her daily dose of Vitamin B complex and other vital nutrients and leave the fuss of fussy eating behind.

You are the captain of your ship, steering in the right direction will show you a smooth sail. A supplement of Vitamin B complex will cover the energy gaps that fussy eating brings. And what else could one want, other than a healthy child brimming with happiness and energy.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the blog are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of P&G Health

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