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Having a hard-to-eat child can really give you a headache, right? If left alone, children can be malnourished. So, have you ever tried giving honey to your little one? This natural sweetener is believed to increase the baby's appetite, you know
Not only has a sweet taste, honey also contains nutrients that are beneficial for he alth. Honey contains carbohydrates consisting of glucose and fructose, B complex vitamins, and various minerals such as iron and zinc which are needed by the child's body.
Honey for Children's Appetite
Feeding children under 5 years old is not easy. If your little one has a high appetite, the mother is certainly very happy and will not experience difficulties. However, it's different if your little one is a picky eater or picky eater.
This type of child often creates drama when the meal schedule arrives. Sometimes, he only wants to eat one type of food from the various menus that Mother has prepared. Other times, he just wants to eat unhe althy snacks. In fact, there are times when he completely shuts his mouth when offered food.
Well, if your little one always acts like that every time he is given food, you can try giving him 1-2 teaspoons of honey about 2 hours before eating. This golden yellow liquid produced by bees has been shown to increase the child's desire to eat, you know.
Children who have difficulty eating will defecate less often because they have little food intake. This can cause digestive disorders, such as constipation and stomach pain.
Well, some studies show that honey can relieve these complaints, you know, Bun. In addition, honey can also maintain a he althy digestive system as a whole because of the natural prebiotic content in it which can increase the number of good bacteria in the digestive tract.
In addition, honey is also rich in antioxidants which are useful for strengthening the body's resistance. By regularly consuming honey, children will not get sick easily.
Although it has many benefits, honey should only be given to children who are 1 year old and above, right, Bun. This is because honey contains the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which when given to children under 12 months of age can cause a serious poisoning called botulism.
Other Ways to Increase Children's Appetite
Ensuring children get the nutrition they need is very important. So, Mother really needs to try many ways to bring up the Little One's appetite.
In addition to giving honey, there are several things you can do to increase your child's appetite, including:
- Make the appearance of the food as attractive as possible so that the Little One is tempted to eat.
- Don't be afraid to be creative to create new menus with new food ingredients that your little one might like.
- Limit drinking when your little one eats.
- Invite your little one to prepare the food, but of course pay attention to the safety in the kitchen, Bun.
If you have done the tips above but the results are not visible, be patient and continue to do it slowly. Avoid forcing your child to eat because this can traumatize him, you know.
If necessary, you can consult a doctor to get the right advice and treatment regarding your little one's nutrition. Mothers can also give appetite-boosting supplements. However, make sure you give this supplement according to the doctor's advice, okay.