Top Pediatrics in NJ
(by ShanazKaram Ali Hassan, MD)
Dealing with Mealtime and other tips for toddlers:
Three-year –olds, and even some older children, can be quite a challenge to feed. Some are very picky eaters and parents rightfully worry about their diets.A three-year-old may eat only peanut butter sandwiches for three weeks and then suddenly wants only grilled cheese sandwiches! This is absolutely normal – it is known as food jag.
What can you do?
Provide your child with what he / she will eat, but also provide a variety of other foods for hem/her to try. Don’t coax or force your child to eat.Remember it may take up to 15 or more tries before your child may decide to even taste the food.
Be a role model – enjoy vegetables, fruits, and other variety of foods so your child is tempted to try them as well.
Provide healthy snacks in between meals; offer whole train crackers, yogurt, fruits, cheese, milk, and other nutritious options.
Turn off the television and radio, and enjoy a quiet family meal together. Talk about the day and include your child in your conversation.
Parents decide what foods to provide, where to feed the child, and when to feede. Routine is very important so the child knows what your expectations are.Provide meals and snacks at the same time daily and define a place where they should always sit to enjoy them.
Children decide whether they want to eat the food.
The most import thing to remember at the age of three to six years is to offer a well-balanced meal, including variety, and encourage a child to try new foods.A nutritious snack will provide enough energy to work off until the next meal arrives.
Day in and Day out: The Life of a Toddler
It is important for all children to follow a routine, including going to bed and waking up at the same time each day.Children should sleep a minimum of nine hours at night.Sleep deprivation leads to increased appetite and decreased energy levels.Create a nighttime ritual with your child. For instance, eat dinner, take a bath, say your prayers and read a book every night.
Is it necessary for my child to see a pediatrician?
A healthy child begins with the foundation of regular visits with the pediatrician.Such visits will ensure monitoring of the child’s growth, height, proper vaccinations, and help address specific advice and guidance for each child. All parents are encouraged to get their children vaccinated at the recommended schedules.Early childhood education is very important, including structured education and learning. A child develops auditory skills by listening and receiving plenty of stimulation.The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no television until age two.For Top Pediatricians in NJ visit NJTopDocs.com