Baby 16 Months Do Not Want To Chew?
My child is 16 months old, but still doesn’t want to chew his food. Though many teeth have grown, even his molars have also grown. So until now it’s still a kind of porridge. How do I make my child want to chew his food?
Have you tried different types of food? Does the child still want to eat it's just a smooth texture? If given food that has a more coarse texture the child does not want to eat, mengemut food, or until it chokes? Can children eat solid snacks?
For 16 months, the texture of food should be increased so that children can also get used to chewing, even at this age children can begin to consume food like adults (but must be monitored and cut small to prevent choking).
Chewing food is important to help the digestive tract work. You can try some of the following tips first:
Give food in a gradually improved texture
The food provided does not have to be rice, but you can replace it with small cut potatoes, pieces of bread or biscuits, or chopped fruit and vegetables
Do not reduce the texture of food into porridge again even though the child is picking up food, it is the cause of the tingling that must be sought and overcome, for example the child is full but forced to eat, the child chooses food, there is pain when swallowing, there is thrush, late raising the texture of food so that there is a disruption in the process eat, or children are accustomed to pacifiers and pacifiers
You can also provide finger food so the child can practice eating alone but must be kept supervised so as not to choke
Try to give an example of how to eat cut fruit in children (small size so as not to choke) so that children can see and practice
Give her favorite snacks, try healthy snacks
Always supervise children when eating, especially when it starts to rise in texture
Give rewards and praise when the child is successfully chewing and swallowing solid food and do not scold the child when mengemut food
If you have tried to improve the texture of food but your child still refuses or is easily choked, you should take your child to the pediatrician so that further examination can be done to ensure there are other conditions that cause the child to have difficulty chewing so the doctor can provide treatment or therapy. is required.
Hope it helps you,