Handling In Children Who Have Difficulty Eating GTM (Mouth Shut Movement)?
My daughter is a girl. Bb and Tb were born 3,2kg and 50cm. He is currently 17M. BB 8 kg and Tb 74 cm. Already trying to adjust the eating schedule, eating variations, getting rid of all the things that can interfere / distract during eating, but my child still does not want to eat how can I catch up so far behind if the child does not want to eat? High-calorie milk does not want. Confused also want to give various kinds of food to boost the BB. Because his child won’t eat. Do you have to give iron? Maybe my child is anemic. Or what should I do to eat? Do we have to wean it? Because during the break my child just cried and raged, not wanting to eat or drink water.
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Weight for children aged 1 year is about 7-11.5 kg, while children aged 2 years weight around 9-14.8 kg. there are several things that affect a child's weight do not increase include: lack of nutritional intake in children, problems in the digestion / stomach acid which increases, the presence of infectious diseases, eg: tuberculosis or intestinal worms.
If the mother does not experience symptoms of illness, or signs of infection such as fever and do not find symptoms of increased stomach acid, then there is a condition where the child experiences not wanting to eat, or commonly called GTM (Mouth Shut Movement). This is very often experienced by children under the age of 3 years. There are several things that cause GTM children, including:
Children are not accustomed to food given, it is usually caused because they are accustomed to breastfeeding and children are not familiar with and are accustomed to eating which has a non-liquid texture 2. Still feels full, because of the large intake of breast milk making children lazy to eat other foods 3. Feeling discomfort or illness, refuse food because there may be interference with the oral cavity or digestive tract Unsafe circles, usually the child will turn to a situation where diverting concentration There is pressure or coercion, which makes the child traumatized. Disturbances in the taste of food, which is where children do not match or are interested in the type of food served. Therefore, children become GTM actions, as a mother, it must be clever in seducing and giving creations to children's food. Because if not, then the child will easily do the GTM action. There are several things that can be done at home to overcome GTM children, including:
Find out in advance the cause of not wanting to eat, is there a medical condition or indeed because it does not like the food Make the child feel hungry, do not give milk or breast milk too often. If the child does not want to eat then stop for about 15 minutes, then repeat again Avoid eating instant food or junk food Don't ask to eat in front of the television Give interesting food If there is still no increase in body weight, then immediately consult your child to the pediatrician. and my advice, do weaning, so that children get used to new foods and feel hungry more often. iron tablets should not be given to children who have low body weight, but the administration of worm medicine should be given if there are indications of intestinal worms.
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