Letting kids watch TV, use mobile phone and play toys during meal are the most popular ways that many mothers choose to feed their kids. However, these ways are not effective. So, mothers should find some better ways to overcome an eating disorder. The following is a few very practical tips to help you support your child to eat a meal.
Let Your Child Hungry
If you don’t want eating disorders put up a tremendous fight whenever you feed your child, you should make sure your child is starving. You should space your child’s meals and snacks out, about 2 or 3 hour gaps between main meal and snack. And, between meals and snacks, just let your child drink water. In addition, your child should be limited to one snack a day only after the meal. Encourage your child to do some activities like running and jumping before mealtime to consume the energy to help create appetite.
Encourage Independence in Your Child
Parents are usually desperate to find a way to get their anorexic child to eat. During the meal, parents let their child watch TV, use mobile phone to feed them or even they forced their child to eat. However, these methods not only are ineffective but also make your child fear food, avoid eating. The solution to this problem is to stop when your child is full, and they don’t want to eat anymore. You should respect the child’s decision. Remember that parents always play a role of a guider.
Your child can start feeding themselves around 7 – 9-months. They can grasp for the food with their whole hand. This grasp is very important for future motor skills. And from 1-years, you can teach your baby to self-feed with a spoon. When they are given this opportunity, they discovery and find the interesting things about the meal. These solutions help encourage independence in your child.
Don’t feed too long
When baby refuses to eat, parents usually feed them while playing toys or watching TV. Therefore, feeding time can last for hours and the food is not good. As a result, baby still refuses to eat. In addition, the long-lasting meal will narrow the gap between meals, causing child to eat continuously even when they are not hungry. Therefore, you should change your baby’s feeding schedule and try feeding them for shorter duration, about 30 minutes. You should stop the meal even when your child doesn’t eat a lot.
Every children are different. So, they have the different need, interest and taste. You should diversify the menu and try to decorate the beautiful dishes to stimulate the child’s visual and appetite.
From the beginning of weaning period, parents should establish and strictly implement the table manners of three “NO” : no TV, no mobile phone, no toys, because it makes your child cannot focus on the meal. Furthermore, these activities during the meal are also not good for their digestive system.
Hopefully this post can help you deal with your anorexia child.