Handling Children Aged 16 Months With Difficulty Eating?
Dear Doctor, I want to ask my son who is 16 months old. It’s been a month since he had eaten very little. sometimes a day only eat 2 tablespoons of rice and snack on biscuits or a little rice cake. he prefers to eat using shredded beef without vegetables. and prefer to drink milk a day to 4-5 bottles @ 200 ml per drink.
Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com. I am dr. Princess Claudya will help answer your questions.
At the ages when children start eating solid foods, from 1 year to 3 years of age, children usually find it difficult to eat as a result of the child's adaptation to the various shapes, tastes and colors of food. So, in most cases it is difficult to eat at that age range.
However, difficulty eating can also be caused by the following conditions:
Teething: children usually feel pain in the growing gums, so they are more lazy to eat.
Cavities: difficulty eating caused by painful teeth
Acid reflux: causes sore throat to swallow
Sore throat (eg in the case of flu): causes sore throat
Other diseases, such as diarrhea, pneumonia, etc. which result in a reduced appetite for children
Here are things you can do to try to increase your child's food intake and appetite:
Prepare the food as attractive as possible, for example with a colorful menu, attractive food shapes, and attractive food containers
Invite children to eat together with family to make children feel they have a friend to eat
You are expected to be patient, do not force the child because this will make the child even more afraid to eat
Give the child small, frequent meals
Avoid snacks / milk during meal times
Avoid distraction in children while eating, for example while watching television or while playing
Do not give too much to drink at mealtime so that children are not full when the food is not finished
If this method has not improved, you should check your child with a pediatrician to find out other potential causes of complaints, because children who do not want to eat for a long time can result in malnutrition.
That is the explanation from me. Hopefully helpful and useful.
dr. Princess Claudya