Lot of care should be taken while choosing foods for the children as the quality and quantum of foods the child eats determines their health when they grow up. There are fussy children, overweight children and children who have an extra appetite for sweets.
Here are some tips for feeding children:
(A) Fussy Eaters
- If your child is a fussy eater, try to make his meals more attractive by giving him foods like milkshake, pudding, ice-creams etc.
- If your child is a poor eater, invite some other children over during mealtimes who are of the same age and are good eaters.
- If your child is fit and healthy, and is growing and gaining weight as expected, do not fuss about his eating.
- Avoid getting into a battle at meal times. Mealtimes should be enjoyable and you should talk about things other than food.
(B) Overweight Children
- If your child is overweight, reduce the use of cooking oil. Feed the child with fried, grilled or baked food.
- Make the child play a lot which is sort of exercise
(C ) Calcium-rich Foods
- Milk and milk products are an important source of energy, proteins, calcium and vitamins. A child must have about 1/2 litre of milk products per day.
- A child below five years should be given milk and not skimmed milk.
(D) Appetite-spoiling Foods
- Heavy snacks between meals should be avoided as they spoil the child’s appetite. It is better to offer him fruits and sandwiches instead of cakes and chocolates.
- You should control your child’s intake of sweets, biscuits, chocolates, cakes, colas, etc. because sugar is a major cause of tooth decay. It is always better to give juices instead of colas.
(E) Vegetables and Fruits
- Do not overcook vegetables, they lose their nutritive value.
- Do not cook fruits since the essential vitamin C is lost.
- The skin of many vegetables is rich in vitamins and minerals, so offer fresh fruits to the child with their skins.