While the epidemic of the age is becoming widespread in obesity in childhood, some parents, on the contrary, complain that their children do not eat and are weak. “I can’t eat whatever I do!”, “It is far below the weight that should be for the age!”
It is possible to hear reproaches from many mothers. Acıbadem Bakırköy Hospital Nutrition and Diet, Phytotherapy Specialist Sıla Bilgili Tokgöz stated that one out of every four children had anorexia problem. “If there is no underlying disease and your child continues to develop healthy, there is no need to worry about anorexia. You can make them gain weight. However, do this with healthy methods while keeping your child’s weight gain without jeopardizing his health. ” says.
Nutrition and Diet, Phytotherapy Specialist Sıla Bilgili Tokgöz made 9 effective suggestions to help children gain healthy weight.
Add molasses to orange juice: Prepare high energy healthy drinks for your child. You can make milk, banana, honey, baby biscuit, almond and plain ice cream through the blender and prepare a delicious and healthy beverage with high calories. You can add molasses to freshly squeezed orange juice and drink it. You can prepare apple-carrot juice when you juicer. While these drinks make the child gain weight, it also gives a lot of energy. However, since these drinks will never replace the main meals of the child, you can give them with snacks between meals, not before or just before meals.
Do not consume liquids an hour before eating: Do not give juices, milkshakes and fruit milk prepared to gain weight 1 hour before and during the meal. Because the child’s already small stomach volume is filled with liquid, creating a feeling of satiety, and may cause disruption of its basic nutrition. You can add fluid intake between meals.
Do not neglect the nuts: Avoid weight gain by giving children processed foods and oils, high-sugar foods. Instead, you can create a small snack plate from dried fruits and dried fruits (figs, dates, dried apricots, etc.). You can prepare the baked potato chips yourself at home.
During the game, you can feed honey and butter or avocado cheese mixes on toast. You can prepare pasta with cheese, tomato sauce, or mashed potatoes with your meals.
Pay attention to the presentation of the dishes: Since the eye-catching dishes are always more appetite, you can make your breakfast talks and prepare colorful breakfast plates. You can make kites from cherry tomatoes, sun from scrambled eggs, owls from peanut butter, owls and owls from bananas, and nose from olives.
Be the role model: First you need to review your own diet. Because children observe everything carefully and try to model you. If you consume leeks, celery, or cauliflower with a wrinkled mouth or very rarely, it would be unfair to expect your child to love these vegetables. Share the benefits of a food he doesn’t like very much, and the positive effects he creates when he eats.
Prepare food that he dislikes differently: For example, you can prepare milk desserts for children who do not like milk. They can consume pudding, rice pudding or winner. You can even make dates, figs and banana pudding without adding sugar to dairy desserts. You can prepare pancakes for children who do not like eggs and serve them with molasses. For children who do not like spinach or leek, you can make a pie that includes spinach or leek. You can prepare soups with vegetables for children who do not consume vegetables and allow them to consume them more easily. You can make soups for children who do not consume fish or chicken, and apples for children who do not eat fruit, carrot or grape cakes.
Prepare the table with your children: Kitchen activities support the multidimensional development of children. For example, it improves children’s attention, planning skills, aesthetic thinking ability and creativity. However, since children value and take care of what they are working for, the likelihood of consuming a meal prepared together increases. In this way, it is easier to consume a rainbow-colored salad prepared together. Then this dish “what color plate should we serve?”
By asking questions like , you can make it easier to consume with the things they choose.
Don’t be persistent but don’t create an alternative: Do not insist when your child refuses to eat or half their plate. However, do not feed anything in the snack. Alternatively, do not prepare a meal he likes for fear of going hungry. Then your child can learn that he needs to wait for the next meal over time. Also, when your child does not want to eat, do not show exaggerated or emotional reactions to it. Take control of your behavior. For this reason, if the child realizes that he is interested in you, he can avoid eating especially to maintain this interest.
Consult the physician: If the child cannot gain weight despite all the precautions, it is necessary to consult the physician to investigate the reason for this. Some health problems, cystic fibrosis, preterm birth, and inability to sleep can also cause the child to lose weight below normal. In such a situation, deficiencies in the diet of the child can be identified with a physician and dietician, and a more appropriate and healthy diet can be implemented.