Question: I have 5 years old boy; however, he seems to be bored with all dishes even special dishes I carefully prepared. Moreover, I and my husband have forced him to eat but it does not have any effect. My boy still eats very little each meal. I am very worried about that. Could you give me any idea to solve the problem? How to make a various nutrition diet for my boy?
Your child has signs showing malnutrition problem. The reason why he does not feel like special and delicious dishes is that you have not practiced him to get used with a square meal with many attractive foods before. So your child feels nonsense with all kinds of food
The thing you need to do now is adding meat and egg- the two main ingredients in the diet. Then you gradually add a small amount of others foods in the meal with mixed processing and the amount of food is increased as the time goes by so as your child can get acquaintance with the new diet.
Listing all the boring foods that your child does not want to eat. Then add them into a diet with a witty cooking method; if your child does not want to eat vegetables, you can chop the vegetables into small pieces then steaming, stirring with meats and eggs. Colorful vegetables with witty cooking methods will pay attention to your child.
And you also need to remember that forcing a child to eat even make it feel bored with the food. So you do not force your child to eat so much, let him eat freely and slowly. You also need to appreciate the favorite foods of your child. Listing favorite foods and carefully cooking it with new foods in a small amount. This will make your child easy to eat, but also creating the distinction to change new taste for him. Your child will be amazed by that.
On the other hand, snacks should be restricted to make your child goes on a scientific and healthy diet. Snacks, sweets, soda … will make your child easy to get obesity and take effects on the digestion when your child will not eat anything in the main meals. Doing exercises or doing simple house chore before the meal is also recommended as this making the child feel hungry in the meal and also making the health of your baby stronger.
At this period, the diet condition of your child has not fully completed yet; so you have to buy milk to add nutrition instead of boring meals. 3 cups of milk per day is a good idea; one in the breakfast, one after lunch and one before going to bed. Also, after meals, you should feed your child with some desserts like yogurt, fruits, milk to adding nutrients lacking in the meals. Enzymes like lysine and minerals can improve your child’s appetite.]]>
If you know that breastfeeding is not easy work for all women, breastfeeding in a wrong way may lead to dangers for the babies.
Breast milk is the best nutrients for all babies especially under 6 months babies as breast milk is the main nutrition for them. However, the babies in the stage have not fully developed its immune system, a wrong way of breastfeeding many cause unexpected health threats for them. Here are notes for all mothers in breastfeeding stages:
1. Wearing dirty clothes while breastfeeding
You had better change clean clothes before breastfeeding even if your baby is crying so hard. Dirty clothes may contain many kinds of germs as well as harmful bacteria which can transfer into your baby’s body by skin, nose. The case is even needed when you have just backed to home after work and outdoor activities.
2. Being in a bad mood while breastfeeding
A study in American showed that when a mother is in bad mood, her body will release harmful hormones. Moreover, breast milk is the linkage channel between the mother and the baby. Therefore, the harmful effects can be transferred into the baby’s body and attack its immune system resulting in development’s problems. So the mothers need to retain good mood during the breastfeeding period, it is the best medicine for the babies.
3. Lying when breastfeeding
It is a bad habit of many mothers when they are feeling tired but their babies cry for breast milk. Since the throat of the baby is still very short and quite straight, the baby easily to get milk choke which may make the milk go into the ear tubes making otitis. On the other hand, lying when breastfeeding also makes the baby suffocates.
4. Strong actions make breast milk becomes sour
When the mothers work so hard or doing strengthening exercises, the body will produce acid lactic which make the breast milk becomes sour. Sour milk does not only make the influence on the quality of the nutrition of the milk but also takes the impact on the baby’s health. Therefore, after working hard or physical training, the mothers should not give breastfeeding to the babies.
5. Joking while breastfeeding
In breastfeeding time, the mother should not joke the baby to make it laugh. The baby’s laugh will make us feel comfortable and good; however, it is very dangerous in breastfeeding. As the baby laugh, the larynx will be widened paving the way for milk to enter causing suffocating even death as the baby laugh loudly.
6. Cotton Bra
The cotton bra of the mother and cotton towel used to clean the baby after breastfeeding is also harmful to the baby. Chemical cotton fibers will follow the breast milk go into the baby’s body affecting the gastric mucosa of the baby. So it is not good for the baby’s delicate digestion
From 6 months old, your baby can go on a weaning diet. This is the first step for making your baby get acquaintance with a much healthier diet and preparing for a normal diet in the near future. In order that your baby will have a good appetite for a new diet, the weaning diet needs to contain 4 groups of foods: starch, fats, vegetables, and protein.
* 6 months: super fine powder
* 7 months: moderate fine powder
* 8 months: puree porridge
* 9 – 12 months: fine grain porridge
* 12 months: grain porridge
* 6 – 7 months: puree and soft protein
* 8 – 9 months: minced
* 9 – 12 months: minced
* Over 12 months: chopped
* 6 – 8 months: puree chopped
* 9 – 12 months: chopped
* Over 12 months: chopped and eat with leaves, fruit slices.
Diet for baby from 0 to 24 months old
|Months||Milk diet||Weaning diet|
|Less than 6 months||breastfeeding|
|6 – 7 months||Breastfeeding (800 1000 ml)||Start to go on weaning dietDrink fruit juice|
|7 – 8 months||Breastfeeding (800 – 900 ml)||½ bowl of consistent infant powdery fruits|
|9 – 12 months||Breastfeeding (700 – 800 ml)||2/3 bowl of infant powder or consistent porridgeFruits, soybean products, flan cake, yogurt|
|12 – 24 months||Breastfeeding ( 500 – 600 ml)||¾ bowl of consistent porridgeFruits, milk products, noodles …|
Misunderstanding perceptions in making a weaning diet for a baby:
In the feeding of the baby at 6 months, the introduction of new foods to the diet must be initiated, interspersed with breastfeeding or with the formula of milk formula proper for the age. So it is in this phase that you should add foods such as vegetables, fruit, and porridge, always with the consistency of puree type to facilitate swallowing and digestion.
During the introduction of new foods in the baby’s diet, it is important that each new food is introduced alone, because in this way it is possible to identify possible allergies or food sensitivity, allowing to know what was the food that could have caused symptoms such as belly pains, diarrhea or constipation in the baby.
Ideally, a new food should be introduced into the diet every 3 days, which also facilitates the baby’s adaptation to the taste and texture of the new foods.
So the idea is to start feeding the baby with the following foods:
It is natural that in the first meals the baby eats very little since he is still developing the ability to swallow food and is getting used to the new flavors and textures. So, it is usually necessary to supplement the food with breast milk or bottle, being very important not to force the baby to eat more than he wants.
An example of a food routine for a 6-month-old baby during a day can be:
Purees and baby food should be given to the baby with a spoon, avoiding always giving them in the bottle, as they need to learn to feel the texture, stimulate chewing and learn to swallow food.
See below two simple recipes that can be prepared for the baby with 6 months:
Cream of zucchini
This recipe pays for 4 meals, being possible to freeze it so that it can be used in the days to follow.
Peel, wash and cut the sweet potato and carrot into cubes. Wash the pumpkin and cut into slices. Place the sweet potato, carrot and zucchini in a pot with boiling water and cook for 20 minutes. Drain the excess water and beat the ingredients using the blender until you obtain a consistent cream. Next, the oil should be added and, if it is necessary for the baby to gain weight, 2 teaspoons of baby’s milk powder can be added.
This puree is simple and can be offered as a snack or as a dessert after a meal with vegetable cream, for example.
Wash and peel mango and banana. Cut into pieces and liquefy until mashed. Then add the milk and liquefy until the mixture is homogeneous.]]>
In the first 12 months of their life, babies will drink milk almost exclusively. Once they are past the one year mark and generally allowed to begin drinking other things, parents often wonder what is ok to give them and in what amounts. Should the baby continue to drink milk as it’s the main source of fluid, or should water be increased? What about juice?
There are researchers that have linked juice to child obesity and therefore discourage it. The idea behind it is that young children get way too many calories from the high sugar juices that are in our grocery stores.
That doesn’t mean that fruit juices are bad, and in fact, they provide valuable nutrients for a baby’s diet, but those nutrients are usually found in 100% fruit juices.
It’s important to read the labels. If it doesn’t say 100% fruit juice, then in most cases, you are looking at about 75-90% sugar in that juice, and that adds up quick when a child is drinking a few glasses a day. In fact, even 100% fruit juices should be diluted to being a ratio of 1:1 for babies to avoid too much sugar that could be damaging to their teeth and body.
Babies shouldn’t be drinking any more than 12 ounces of juice per day and the younger they are, the less you should be giving them. There are so many better ways to give your baby the nutrients they need without filling their bodies with sugar and other junk.
Water, on the other hand, is a no-brainer. With human bodies being made up of 90% water and also being a component of our blood, it only makes sense to give our babies water to cleanse the body on a regular basis and keep things flowing naturally.
But, that doesn’t mean that you have to give young babies a lot of water on its own. Babies who are drinking breast milk and/or formula are getting plenty of water through those mixtures.
Ultimately, the juice isn’t necessarily bad for your baby, but keeping it to a minimum is definitely healthier, especially if you avoid the ones loaded with artificial sugar.]]>