Table of contents:
- 1. Start with foods the child likes
- 2. Leave small pieces in the baby food
- 3. Create rewards to encourage
- 4. Let the child take the food
- 5. Restart the food introduction process
- Consequences for the child's development
Sometimes children over 1 or 2 years old, despite being able to eat almost any type of food, seem to be lazy to chew and refuse to eat more solid foods such as rice, beans, meat, bread or potato.
To solve this problem, it is important to create strategies to make the child want to chew food, such as leaving small solid pieces in the baby food or kneading only half of the baby food, in addition to having a lot of patience at me altimes.
Having this type of problem with children's feeding is not uncommon, and usually this happens because the child went through some difficult period in early childhood, such as choking frequently or having diseases that made it difficult to eat, causing parents to resort to milk or porridge too often, not allowing adequate stimulation of chewing.
Here are 5 good strategies to try at home and encourage your child to eat solid foods:
1. Start with foods the child likes
Starting with foods that the child likes is an important strategy to facilitate the acceptance of a solid meal. So, if the child loves mashed bananas, for example, you should try to offer half a whole banana and let the child hold the food to feel its texture and smell. In some cases, repeating this strategy for a few days is enough for the child to start taking food to the mouth spontaneously.
2. Leave small pieces in the baby food
Leaving small pieces in the baby food is another way to make the child feel the solid food little by little, without forcing him to eat all the food in solid form at once.
You can also use the strategy of kneading only half of the baby food, leaving the other half formed by whole foods, and trying to alternate the texture of each food between spoonfuls.
3. Create rewards to encourage
Creating small rewards encourages the child to progress in feeding, being possible to use incentives such as clapping and smiling with every spoonful they can chew, or allowing the child to get out of the chair to sit at the table together with the other members family, which will give her a sense of importance and maturity.
4. Let the child take the food
Letting the child pick up the food and give him a spoon to hold, even if it makes a mess, is a way to encourage him to eat alone and give him a feeling of power in front of food. This is a good strategy especially when there is another adult eating next to her, as the child tends to imitate the actions of the family, including the gestures of putting the food in the mouth and chewing itself.
Also, letting the child participate in meal preparation also increases their intimacy with food and makes them more likely to try the food they helped produce.
5. Restart the food introduction process
Even if the child is over two years old, starting over the whole process of introducing food can be the most effective way to get him to eat solid foods. To start over, you should try to start with just fruit porridge or shaved fruit in snacks, leaving milk, porridge and mashed soup still as the child's main meals.
As the child accepts to consume fruit porridge, try to introduce the fruits in small pieces and s alted porridge, using purees, mashed eggs and ground meat, for example, always remembering to never force or threaten the child during the meal.
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Consequences for the child's development
Children who do not chew are fed solids, and eat only purees, baby food, porridge and liquid or creamy soups, may develop problems such as speech delay and difficulty in reproducing sounds correctly, due to lack of chewing and stimulation of facial muscles.As a consequence of speaking poorly or poorly, the child may feel inferior or excluded when they start to socialize with other children at school, for example.
These children need to be monitored by a pediatrician and a nutritionist so that they do not lack nutrients in their diet, compromising their immunity and so that there is no deficit in their growth and intellectual development.
Gradually she gets used to it and within a few months it may be possible to notice a good difference in her diet and also in her growth and development.