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I`m worried about her health because she is not eating properly

HI,
My daughter is 14 months old, I`m worried about her health because she is not eating properly, every meal time i have to struggle a lot .i don`t know what to do.my docter suggest me a tonic Incremin i m giving her this but still she don`t eat properly.
Please guide me what to do?
Navreet

Leann...
Answer: Hi Navreet, I am guessing it is fussy eating that you are describing? Fussy eating can really have you pulling your hair out! I have a six year old who is showing signs of coming out of it, but only glimpses. I still sneak stuff into all sorts of meals, makes it easier to go with it when I know he has been getting healthy food albeit disguised. Most health care professionals will say as long as your preschooler is gaining weight at his usual rate and is happy and healthy then he won`t starve himself. But as a parent that can be little comfort. I believe it comes down to:
  1. Persisting with offering the healthy stuff even if it is rejected
  2. Sneaking in the good stuff where you can which makes avoiding the battles (no-one wins those ones) easier
  3. Getting them involved
  4. Offering a healthy supper down the line if dinner is rejected and your toddler complains of being hungry
  5. Trying to use the foods they do eat as a basis for making other food/meals that are more likely to be enjoyed. For example cream cheese on a bagel, pasta with bacon and a cream cheese base, bread and butter pudding made with calcium enriched milk such as soy or rice, try sweet potato chips etc.
  6. Swap lunch and dinner if that helps and make meal portions achievable (small but healthy).
  7. Check milk or other fluids aren’t interfering with their appetite.
  8. Remember that food rejection is a normal behaviour for most toddlers and preschoolers.
  9. Repeat the mantra "this like all things in infancy and childhood, will pass" and it will!
I have a tip sheet on fussy eating on Huggies that might have some pointers, but again I really think it would be best to get some help with this, the link is: Picky Eating Also I think the Jessica Seinfeld book using purees is a good idea, but I reduce the sugar, use olive oil and don’t add salt, I also have a recipe book based on my fussy foodie. If you feel you really would like some help and also to check that she is getting all she needs, there are a few options you might like to consider, if you wanted to start out with the obvious you might like to see a naturopath, nutritionist or dietitian who specialises in children. They will be able to firstly review what your little one does eat and tell if there may be some nutritional issues to be addressed and if so, how they are best dealt with. Then advise you on the fussy eat and what tips and tricks might help. Or in a similar vein an early childhood consultant who can help with behavioural tips. Another option if you find that she is having trouble with food generally and that its not so much fussy eating as a feeding issue a feeding expert,such as a paediatric speech pathologist, deglutitionist, also Tresillian, they also assist with feeding issues (if you are in NZ plunket may do also). I can recommend the gals at the No Fuss Feeding (website of the same name) are excellent with feeding issues, and it`s their specialty. See links below. Aussie: www.nofussfeeding.com.au NZ: http://www.paediatricfeedingdisordersclinic.co.nz/index.htm So I hope that gives you some ideas, keep offering the good stuff. Think also laterally, don`t forget things like baby rice cereal added into meals it is a good source of iron, things like pulses are a good alternative to vegies and also foods like goji berries are packed full of nutrition. All the best, Leanne
Answered: 29 Apr 2009