@Jeena Roseline How old is your son Jeena? try to involve him in the cooking process whenever possible. On weekends or holidays, allow him to make simple food like omelette, dosa, toast, fruit custard etc., which are easy for a child to handle. Children usually consume what they prepare with great interest as they feel great to have put in their efforts. If he has time, he can even pack his lunch box with your help. Also, ask the pediatrician for all the possible reasons for his lack of appetite. They might prescribe something or give you ideas to deal with this. Give him nutritious and calorie rich food. Find out from the doctor if he needs vitamin tablets. Hope these suggestions help :) All the best !
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Dear parent, it can be indeed frustrating to be a mum of a picky eater. You can undertake the following steps to ensure your child gets the desired nutrients while at the same time make your life easier: 1. Start by making a menu plan for the week for all 3 meals. Involve your child and spouse in this process. Each person suggests a breakfast, lunch, and dinner option for each day, and then decide mutually what is to be cooked. If one day everyone eats what was suggested by your son, on other days he has to eat what is suggested by others. Don't cook separate meals for your son, as he will learn to expect them always. 2. Involve your child in grocery shopping and cooking. Let him touch, feel, and learn the name of different veggies, how their methods of preparation differ, etc. You could have pizza night once a week, wherein you cut portions of corn, broccoli, tomato, mushrooms, capsicum, and other veggies. Have him decorate his own pizza and then bake it. Let him see how the veggies change texture and colour (such as how mushroom shrivel, tomatoes becomes darker, etc.) 3. Don't force him to eat one particular portion decided by you. Make separate dal, rice/roti, veggie, curry etc. and let him serve himself. If he decides to eat 2 rotis and no veggie, don't force him to eat the veggie. Let him instead have the rotis with jaggery and ghee. 4. You could also mix veggies in different ways to the food your son already eats. For example, cooked dal or veggies such as spinach could be mixed in flour to knead the dough instead of water. 5. Always have options available in case he rejects what has been cooked for everyone- e.g., carrot sticks, cucumber slices, or dry snacks such as roasted makhanas (lotus seed), roasted rice puffs (murmure), or simply a boiled egg. Also have mixed nut powder and mixed seeds always available and ready to snack on at the dinner table. 6. Don't offer rewards for finishing meals, such as "if you finish your dinner, you will get ice cream". For more info, read from our rich repository of articles at ParentCircle: https://www.parentcircle.com/article/forget-fussy-eaters-it-is-fussy-parents-who-need-to-get-it-right/https://www.parentcircle.com/article/picky-eaters/
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@Poojamallick Hi Pooja, It would be great if you could tell us whether you daughter has some health ailment. Also what does she eat, usually? Do you make sure to provide a balanced meal to her, cause at the age of 11, a weight of 21 kg is very low.
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@Anonymous Dear Parent, Thank you for your question! Our in-house expert nutritionist suggests giving your child a hand full of nuts and sprouts everyday. It helps to give your son yogurt as well. This article contains information and suggestions that you might find helpful https://www.parentcircle.com/article/6-nutrition-tips-for-young-athletes/ . Hope this was useful, let us know!
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