Introducing food at the right age will make your child habituated with eating all kinds of food.
As per the doctors’ recommendations, a child shouldn’t be given anything till 6 months. Child should only be breastfed till 6 months. This is applicable for masses. But this can be customised depending upon a child’s health and under parental supervision; a child can be introduced or can be given liquidised food and water from 5 or 6 months.
Liquid foods should be those which are culturally acceptable. These include – fruit juices, vegetable soups, daal or moong water, non-veg soup, etc. Children should be encouraged to drink adequate amounts of fluids.
While introducing new foods, parents should keep 2 things in mind:
It is not right to completely put the blame on kids for their disinterest in healthy food. As parents, we need to reflect on ourselves and take necessary measures for the same.
If your child does not like milk or takes time to have a glass of milk every morning, do not get impatient.
Irritability is probably the most common signs among babies that indicates a child is hungry.
Gradual introduction of different foods leads to proper development in children.
When a child is ready to eat food on its own, (s)he will give you signals. Look for the signals and you will know how to help your baby.
You can gradually make your fussy eater child accustomed with all kinds of food.
Children learn from your behaviour. Changing your eating habits will help them develop healthy eating habits as well.
For overweight children, you cannot just take away interesting food altogether. It needs to happen gradually over the time.
Underweight children require foods and diet that can provide them with enough nutrition and sufficient calories.
It is very important to maintain a balanced diet for the proper growth and development of the baby. Going gluten free or not is an individual's choice. It is better to look into the pros and cons before taking the decision.
Sugar is a very tempting food item. Keep the sugar intake in check since the first day a child learns to eat; this way things will not out of hand.
Kids tend to skip chewing and try to swallow the food directly. Do not get angry, try to be patient and address the problem.