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When faced with a hard-to-eat child, many mothers end up forcing their children to eat. In fact, this method is not effective, it can even have a bad impact on children
Children's desires are difficult to predict, especially when it comes to eating. Sometimes they can finish all the food that is given, but sometimes they don't touch the food at all.
In fact, apart from being a source of energy, nutrients in food also play an important role in increasing endurance, supporting brain work, reducing the risk of disease, making a happy mood, and maintaining a he althy weight.
Actually there are various reasons behind children who 'break' to eat. Children may be bored with certain food menus, want to eat other foods, or simply have no appetite, for example because they are teething or are not feeling well.
The Impact of Forcing Children to Eat
If your little one has difficulty eating, there are some behaviors that can make you dizzy. Well, even though you may feel tired and upset, try to stay patient and don't force your little one to eat, OK, Bun. The reason is, there are several negative impacts that can arise if children are continuously forced to eat, including:
Forcing your little one to eat can make his mood unhappy, especially when he hears Mother nagging. If the mood is not good, the little one's appetite can also decrease.
Trauma to eat
When the mother forces the little one to eat, there will be a feeling of pressure because he has to do things he doesn't like. If you are constantly forced to eat, your little one might link eating activities with mother's anger or scolding.
Furthermore, it is not impossible for the Little One to be traumatized to eat and refuse all forms of food that Mother gives.
Experiencing he alth problems
If you already have a trauma in food, it's hard for your little one to eat can continue for a long time. In fact, if it's hard to eat, your little one's daily nutritional needs can be difficult to fulfill. As a result, their immune system can weaken and your little one is at higher risk for malnutrition and illness.
Tips for Kids to Eat
Calm down, Bun, instead of forcing him to eat, there is something else, really, that can make it easier to tell him to eat. Do the following tips to make it easier for your little one to eat:
- Make eating fun.
- Use the cutlery that your little one likes.
- Propose some food menu choices to him before Mom cooks so that your little one is eagerly waiting for the food he chooses and increases his appetite when it's time to eat.
- Keep trying to give your little one new types of food and mix them with their favorite foods to expand their food choices.
- Don't give your little one a lot of snacks when it's time to eat, because this can make him full and then lazy to eat.
- Be patient when your little one refuses the food that Mother gives and get rid of the food from him for a while. Try giving the food again when your little one is starting to get hungry again.
- Eat with your little one so that he is also interested in eating the food that Mother eats.
When your little one refuses to eat, Mother's feelings can be mixed. In addition to feeling tired because children are difficult to work with, Mother is also worried that the little one's food intake is not enough. However, that doesn't mean you have to force him to eat, let alone scold him, doesn't it.
This is normal and common to children, isn't it, Bun.Keep thinking positive and persuade your little one in fun ways. However, if your little one still has no appetite and looks weak, immediately consult a doctor, yes, Bun. It could be that the decrease in appetite is caused by a problem with his he alth.