How to handle Fussy Eating Toddler? - Dr. Chetan Ginigeri - Aster RV Hospital JP Nagar

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hi my name is Rufus chicken committee

and I'm a pediatric intensivist working

at aster hospital's Langille oi a lot of

mothers have concerned that their babies

do not eat well and if they are eating

they don't eat the right things and

somehow eating becomes a major issue of

contention between parents grandparents

neighbors and the poor child keeps on

suffering the forceful feeding that

parents undertake for these children so

my simple advice to all these parents is

three basic rules that we look after

with feeding the children rule number

one the relationship between the mother

child and food has to be a very positive

relationship the moment force-feeding

starts children develop aversion towards

foot the moment the mom brings food to

the baby the first reaction is new and

the child will start getting up and

running away first thing do not force

feed your child the moment you start

force feeding the relationship goes for

a toss second and most important thing

you need to realize is the stomach size

of a small baby is equivalent to two to

three times the fist size of the table

that is all the stomach can hold so what

we tell parents is do not worry about

the quantity your child is eating worry

about the time and concentrate on the

time what it means is that you have to

give you a child four meals in a day

for example eat o'clock twelve o'clock

four o'clock eight o'clock and once you

start the feeding it should stop after

one hour that means if you start feeding

at eight o clock it should stop at nine

o clock and between nine to twelve

o'clock the child should not be offered

anything other than water what we end up

doing however is that we try to feed

mother and child are sitting with a

bowel of of porridge for hours together

and then both are upset and both are

angry so give them time for feeding if

they do not feed even if it is one spoon

or ten spoon stop of the one above and

in between do not feed and that is in

scientific terms we call it grazing it

kills the hunger for the nest next field

and to

do not feel hungry at the right to never

write want the third rule what we tell

parents is do not get obsessed about

milk somehow Indian parents believe that

if children do not eat well it needs to

be substituted with milk milk per se

which is commercially available from the

dairy comes in packets to your homes and

predominantly it is a one milk this milk

is not healthy for a child maximum 200

ml per day is enough to meet the

requirements of the child use other

substitutes for milk use curds use

cheese butter beneath but a simple big

glass of milk with children I used to

drinking and going to school it's

unhealthy it does not give them enough

nutrition it fills up their stomach and

completely kills their hunger from

normal food do not offer milk to

children as soon as they wake up make

them eat normal Indian breakfast and


save it only for your post dinner drink

so three basic rules number one make

sure that the relationship between

mother and child and food is a positive

one second interval feeding four times a

day in between do not feed and do not

allow the child to graze and third do

not get fixated on milk milk once a day

in the night post dinner is enough rest

of the time give solid food to your

child thank you