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How to Keep Difficult Toddlers Fed

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How to Keep Difficult Toddlers Fed

By Lydia W Muthama

Children between the ages of 1-3 have gained their independence. They
feel free and unencumbered. Therefore, the only thing they want to do
all the time is explore. They want to see what more they can discover.
The world is interesting to them. Sitting down to eat is deemed a
waste of time. Time that could be spent doing other more interesting
things. The first thing one should remember is to stay calm. Getting a
spoonful into the mouth is difficult when they are rushing off to find
a butterfly.

It is important to ensue that the feeding problem is not being caused
by health issues. Is the child playful? Is the child running a fever?
Is there something unusual like a rash or blood-shot eyes? Does the
child seem pale? These are questions one should ask before blaming the
low appetite on stage.

While the parent or guardian decides what to offer and when to offer
it, the child is the ultimate boss. They will decide how much to eat
and what to pick from the items on offer. At this stage, the child
understands the difference between hunger and satiety. If he or she is
hungry, they will eat. If not, then you should get out before it gets
ugly. Just make sure the food stays within reach so he or she can help
themselves when hunger strikes.

One should offer small amounts of food. The child will take one look
at the plate and think they might as well get it over with now. Small
amounts of food will not seem daunting. They will not feel like it is
as much of a time suck as it normally would. It is best to let them
ask for more.

When one is handling a task with music in the background or while they
are engaged in conversation, they will rarely notice when completion
is achieved. The same trick can be used on the child. Engage them in
conversation. Talk to them about things that have nothing to do with
the food before them. Ask them about their friends and the family pet.
Talk about the weather, anything to get their mind off the task at
hand.

One could make art work from the food. Draw a smiley face on the plate
or animals. This makes the food interesting and appealing. One could
also hand them a spoon and have them scoop little amount into their
mouth. This gives them a sense of independence. Soon they will start
looking forward to meal times because they eat like the big people.

Eat together as a family. Even an adult will hae trouble being the
only one with food at meal time. Sit the child at the table with the
rest of the family and give them their own place with a bit of food in
it. It will be very messy but some of it will end up in their tummy.
One could also let them eat from mummy’s plate. Another trick is to
serve their food in the regular family plates.

The child should stay well hydrated and rested. Otherwise, they will
be restless, fussy and uncomfortable. They should be allowed time to
play so they can expend all that restless energy.

Article Source:
http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Keep-Difficult-Toddlers-Fed&id=9881803

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