Don’t force-feed your child

By Drum Digital
22 February 2014

Force-feeding your child creates a negative association with those foods.

Dietician and Pampers® Institute expert Claire McHugh offers advice on what you can do to deal with fussy eating habits.

There’s no denying that the amount of food your child eats can make you really worry about their health as a parent.  You constantly have to wonder if they have had enough or what to do to make them eat more, but forcing them or shouting at them is not the best way of handling this stressful situation.

Force-feeding your child creates a negative association with those foods and mealtimes and just makes the problem worse.

Persevere; most picky/fussy eaters start eating better over time. However, if your child has excluded a full food group for an extended period; taken only a small number of foods or excluded certain textures it may be worth seeking professional advice.

Your dietician or doctor can recommend a nutritional supplement to help meet nutritional requirements while the fussiness persists. E.g Pediasure. Nutren junior or S26 PE gold.

To help meet calorie requirements, accepted foods can be fortified or enriched by adding butter, cream or oil to make them as energy dense as possible,” concludes McHugh.

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