Food is essential for good health and proper growth. One adequately large meal a day, along with fussy forced attempts throughout the day, is a common occurrence in toddlers as they are very eager to explore the world around them and often lose interest in eating.
Toddlers get bored of a monotonous menu and often spit up food that they...
...do not like. Children go through phases and it is not necessary that they will enjoy today’s, favorite food’ tomorrow. Offering your child a variety of foods, keeping in mind a proper balance of nutrients essential for development, will evoke interest and make meal time a pleasurable affair. The presentation of food also plays an important role. Fun variations in the method of preparation and serving will draw your child’s attention, making him or her look forward to meal time. Vegetables hidden in spaghetti or sandwiches are a good way of disguising the much despised food. Fruit salad also attracts children. Fish is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids that is essential for brain development. Sprinkling powdered flax seeds on any food preparation also benefits the brain and aids digestion. Most children love fruit and vegetable juices. A glass of juice a day is beneficial as fruits and vegetables are rich in a wide range of nutrients. If the child finds the food interesting, he or she will automatically become more responsive to discipline eating habits.
Disturbances by way of keeping the television on or children playing will surely distract your child, causing him or her to throw a tantrum. Make it a point to ensure that your child is seated for meals rather than allowing him or her to run around the room. Most parents feel that distracting the child will help. However, this belief does not hold ground as concentrating on the food being consumed and relishing each morsel contributes to better digestion and absorption of nutrients, thus increasing the nutritional value of food. Setting a fixed time for meals also helps in making the child habituated to eating well. Junk food or snacks in between meals should be avoided to make your child aware of the importance of meals. Over-strict parenting can also dampen the child’s desire to eat and should be avoided. However, it is essential to bear in mind that toddler eating disorders are becoming increasingly common due to an increase in self-awareness and anxiety levels. If all attempts of encouraging your child to eat fail, consulting a pediatrician is recommended to prevent psychological damage.