Tips for Handling a Fussy Eater
Tips for Handling a Fussy Eater
There is a time in every toddler’s life when he or she becomes fussy and doesn’t want to eat food. Usually this passes fairly quickly, but for some toddlers, the phase is prolonged. They become picky eaters, either eating significantly less or eating only one food. Parents get worried during this phase and try to then force their toddlers to eat. However, offering a variety of foods all the time will rarely give you the results you desire and may, in fact, have adverse effects on a toddler’s eating habits.
Here are some tips to help you handle picky eaters during this fussy phase:
First of all, keep yourself calm and take a systematic approach instead of trying things randomly. Don’t let the dining table turn into a battlefield.
Strictly Follow Meal Timing
Try to settle on set times for meals and snacks and don’t offer food at other times. Let your child become hungry. Sometimes parents reinforce poor eating habits by offering snacks.
Don’t Offer Alternatives
Don’t offer alternative foods with poor nutrient value. Juices with added sugar, flavoured milk, candy, chocolates, and other bakery items will fill up your toddler’s stomach and leave no room for healthy food.
Don’t Punish a Fussy Eater
Parents get frustrated and tend to punish kids for not eating, but these poor toddlers do not even understand why they are being asked to eat when they don’t want to. This may lead your child to associate punishment with a particular food and to then develop a dislike of the food forever. Don’t shout at your toddler if he or she isn’t eating: fear can significantly lessen or completely take away your child’s appetite.
Don’t Buy Foods with Added Sugar/Salt
Parents should also avoid buying foods that have saturated fat, added sugar, or salt. Parents are often tempted to offer their picky eaters potato chips, biscuits, or cakes, but this can spoil your kids’ eating habits forever.
Young children are hungry for appreciation, and your words of praise can do wonders. With the help of praise, some toddlers will overcome their dislike of a particular food and eat it just to please you.
Caution: It may be important to consider other factors that cause toddlers to lose their appetite. Young children can lose their appetite when they are tired, anaemic, angry, sad, lonely, or insecure. They also don’t feel like eating when they are constipated or pressured to eat. It should also be emphasized that shouting is the most common reason that kids lose their appetite.http://www.pakparenting.com/tips-for-handling-a-fussy-eater/http://www.pakparenting.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/picky-eating.jpghttp://www.pakparenting.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/picky-eating-150x150.jpgToddler Care Survival Guide for ParentsToddlerstoddler,toddler care survival guide,toddler foodTips for Handling a Fussy Eater There is a time in every toddler's life when he or she becomes fussy and doesn’t want to eat food. Usually this passes fairly quickly, but for some toddlers, the phase is prolonged. They become picky eaters, either eating significantly less or eating only...Pak Parenting Teamkhadija Imtinanadmin@pakparenting.comAdministratorPak Parenting