How to Handle Your Child Drinking Milk & Not Wanting to EatSunday, 15 April 2018
Parents often face the situation when their child refuses to eat the prepared food, yet still drink their milk appropriately. This may cause parents to feel cautious or even frustrated. The World Health Organization (WHO) advises that as the child reaches the age of 6 months, they should be introduced to complementary food, as their nutritional requirements are not met only with breast milk at this age. The initial feeding moments of children is important for them to learn to eat, enrich their taste buds with a variety of food texture, train their teeth and jaw to chew, as well as improve their ability to interact and communicate. The nature of complementary food provision is to complement the nutrition obtained from breast milk. Other than age, parents should also observe several factors before introducing complementary food to their child, including:
- Ability of the child to sit up with support, as well as head control and maintaining an upright neck. The child should also have a good eye-hand-mouth coordination, which may be observed as they attempt to reach for a toy and place it in their mouth.
- Showing interest towards food. For instance, the child shows curiosity and attempts to reach for the food being eaten by their parents.
- The child opens their mouth when parents attempt to feed them with a spoon, and is able to swallow the food.
- Observe the serving size. The digestive system of babies is not fully developed, so serving size should start as a small portion, for instance, a few small spoons in a day.
- Set an example. Allow the child to sit together in the dining table when parents are having their meals, even though it is not their meal time. This will help the child observe the eating manner of the parents.
- Let the child touch the food that they eat, to help them recognize textures.
- Be creative. Do not be fixated on a few specific menu items. Attempt to serve something new every day, which will help to increase flavour variations.