First, we need to make sure that the cause of the lack of appetite is not physical. Before the public "this child is like this" cliché, it is necessary to make sure that your child is allergic to certain nutrients, does not have a disease such as reflux or does not have a disorder related to the digestive system.
In almost every article I mention that children love order and a routine life. That goes for food, too. At regular tables, the child makes a habit of eating.
The unintended child often lingers at the table, either playing with food or refusing to eat by keeping the food in his mouth. Your reaction as a parent to this behavior is very important. Be patient and be careful not to press.
Do not try to increase the amount of food. Let him have the pleasure of finishing the meal in front of him a little bit.
One of the biggest mistakes I have observed in Turkey is mothers running after the child and trying to stuff it in his mouth. Be careful not to do that! It will be healthier for the years to come if he learns that food should be eaten sitting at the table.
Try to avoid acts that bring you an award-punishment relationship, such as feeding the food in front of the TV or saying, "If you eat this, you'll be surprised." These behaviors, of course, make your life easier, but believe me, they also invite long-term eating problems.
No child goes hungry. Believe me, he will get the nutrients he needs by somehow showing his hunger. So instead of panicking and taking the easy way out, keep walking the long way patiently.
1- 30 minute rule
Let your child stay at the table for a maximum of 30 minutes to eat. The fact that he's staying longer than that means he's making eating a game. If he ate very little at the end of 30 minutes, lift his plate and let it leave the table.
2- Do not make comparisons
If he has a brother at the table, avoid comparisons. Comparisons like "Your brother's finished and you haven't eaten yet" will backfire. Appreciate what he eats, but don't get used to the prize.
3- Small portions
Don't discouraged your child by putting too much food on his plate. In fact, especially if you put it little by little and appreciate it every time it finishes. Children's stomach capacity is actually much less than we mothers think.
It is also useful to support the individual development of the child when eating. Encourage your child by giving them tasks such as setting a table, bringing their own plate or eating their own spoon. Over time, he will realize that these responsibilities have been given to him and will make eating more endearing for himself and for you.
5- Do not force
Most importantly, don't force it, don't be stubborn, and don't run after it.
6- Table habit
Patiently, take care that they get into the habit of sitting at the table together at the same time. And remember, no child has ever starved to death out of spite.
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