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How do I get my child to eat less?

How do I get my child to eat less?

Some strategies: Visual cues: smaller plates, don't put serving dishes on the table, don't leave food where it can be seen. Adults can show they limit themselves to single servings. The family can eat in the dining room or kitchen, not in front of the tv. When your child asks for extra food, distract with toys or activities, or say that he/she can eat a little later. Ask all caregivers to respond the same way. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Appetite Changes (Definition)

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How do I get my toddler to eat vegetables?

How do I get my toddler to eat vegetables?

Keep trying: Veggies are an important part of a well balanced diet, so its important toddlers eat them. Keep trying. Let your child be part of the cooking process (even if its just giving them some of the food to feel and taste raw) and let them choose which veggie to have for dinner. Puree veggies into sauces (where their strong flavor is a bit disguised) or try them raw with fun dips (hummus, yogurt, etc). ...Read more

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How can I get my child to eat more vegetables?

How can I get my child to eat more vegetables?

See below: By modeling. Your child should see others eating a healthy diet. Offer the food, but do not force the food. Do not offer rewards to get your child to eat the vegetables. Also, it may take offering the food up to 15 times before your child will take it. Remember, never punish your child for not trying something. ...Read more

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How do I get my child to be less clingy?

How do I get my child to be less clingy?

Supportive/adventure: First don't project this as a reflection of bad parenting or a sign of future weakness.Examine your past & understand your feelings may reflect how your parents treated to you for similar behavior & not understood how common & temporary this stage is.Be supportive as you explore adventures that will distract him/her from their fears.Rejection aggrivates their fear of loosing your love. ...Read more

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How do I get kids to eat consistently?

How do I get  kids to eat consistently?

You Don't: Kids often are very erratic in their eating patterns. Do not cave in if they refuse to eat what you offer them.Be firm. Do not give them only what they want to eat, when they are poor food choices.All kids will eventually eat when they are hungry. ...Read more

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How do I get my kids to eat healthier foods?

How do I get my kids to eat healthier foods?

What's for dinner: Set the example of good eating with yourself, what is in your refrigerator and cupboards, what you make available to your family. First steps may include, less fatty snacks, more fresh veggies, washed and cut and easy for the kids to grab when grazing for munchies. Talk about nutrition, appetite, and how to seek information from food labels. Make it fun. ...Read more

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How can I get my toddler to eat more?

How can I get my toddler to eat more?

Provide food: As a parent this is really hard to do. Your job as a parent is to provide the food options and meals. It is the baby's decision what they are going to eat! The best way to get a toddler to eat veggies is to emphatically eat them yourself! Toddlers really don't gain much weight compared to babies, either, so it is normal for them to not eat much. His growth curve will let you know if hes on track ...Read more

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How do I get my 5yr old to eat veggies?

How do I get my 5yr old to eat veggies?

See below: Model the behavior you want your child to do. Make sure you do not turn it into a battle. Children should never be punished for not eating a certain food. Your child can help chose the vegetable, as well. ...Read more

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How can I get my children to eat the healthy foods I give them?

Offer frequently: Offer the foods frequently-familiarity with foods increases the liklihood that he will eat them. Don't insist that they eat a portion, but encourage ' a bite to be polite'. Don't allow frequent snacking or drinking-this can fill a child up; don't serve alternative meals to picky eaters. Family members should eat what is served, missing a meal is not catastrophic-unless doctor says so. ...Read more

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How do I encourage my child to eat properly?

How do I encourage my child to eat properly?

Mother's helper: Have him become a mother' s helper by encouraging him to help you prepare the food. Give him samples to taste. You would be surprised how must he can eat in a short time. ...Read more

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How do I get my child to stay in bed?

How do I get my child to stay in bed?

Be consistent. : Limit setting issues around bed are very common and manifest by "curtain calls" where your child keeps leaving the room. Every time they leave the room bring them back to bed with a minimum of fuss. If your child is not in bed, close the door for one minute. If they are not in bed, close for two minutes. Keep doing this, increasing the interval, until they get the message. ...Read more

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How di I get my toddler to eat fruit?

Try and Try Again: I agree, repetition is the best remedy here and making a good example by eating the foods yourself! the best way to get children to eat the way you want is to make one meal and everyone gets only that option. You can let kids choose what fruit or veggie out of two options to eat but they can't pick totally. Try gimmicks like frozen grapes - great in summer time heat! ...Read more

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My kid is overweight. I want her to eat healthy and work out! how can we do it?

My kid is overweight. I want her to eat healthy and work out! how can we do it?

Good for you: Congratulations for recognizing the problem and trying to do something about it. There is no easy answer, of course. I suggest you lead by example. Keep fruits in the house. Don't allow junk food. Don't go to fast food restaurants. Offer healthy snacks like non-fat yogurt, carrots/celery spiced up with humus. Encourage fun, family sports. Don't watch tv. Praise success. Weigh weekly. Use rewards. ...Read more

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I want to kiss my girlfriend for at least 1year I love her. How do I do it? I want to give birth to kids and I an a boy, how do I do it?

I want to kiss my girlfriend for at least 1year I love her. How do I do it? I want to give birth to kids and I an a boy, how do I do it?

BirthOfSomeQuestions: The nature of your question indicates that, indeed, you are a boy. You'd best get some serious advice from a trusted adult and get your head out of your...uh...get your head straight about all this. The implications of what you are asking are vast. Trust your dad? Your local pastor or priest or rabbi or a teacher? Your mom? Love. Kiss. kids, birthing? C'mon, you've got a lot to learn.... ...Read more

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Hi, doctor i want to get tips on how to increase my height (5feet 10inch at present) and what should I do to remain energetic what should I eat often.

Hi, doctor i want to get tips on how to increase my height (5feet 10inch at present) and what should I do to remain energetic what should I eat often.

Growth: Once the bone centers reach maturity and the epiphyses close, you stop growing. At your age, you may be at or near that point. I would consult with your doctor and a nutritionist to MAP out a sensible plan of diet and exercise that's works best for you. ...Read more

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How can I get my child to eat breakfast if still sleepy and early?

How can I get my child to eat breakfast if still sleepy and early?

Outsmart them!: To bed earlier. Try variety! eat with them! give them what tastes good like home made protein smoothies with fresh fruit juices and whey protein powder. Almond butter with toast. Avoid breakfast out of a box! make some turkey bacon. Play some upbeat music and get them going. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can I get my toddler to drink less milk?

How can I get my toddler to drink less milk?

Toddler Milk: First of all, I applaud you for wanting to find a way to get your toddler to drink less milk. Cow's milk is thought to trigger type one diabetes in some people, so that is reason enough. I have two suggestions: 1. offer coconut milk, hemp milk, almond milk, or rice milk and 2. Since toddlers cannot shop or get their own food or drink, as the parent, just stop serving it!! ...Read more

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What to if I am tired and i can't get to sleep i really want to know how to pass out?

What to if I am tired and i can't get to sleep i really want to know how to pass out?

Psychiatrist/SleepDr: Chances are you have shifted your sleep schedule, have a psychiatric condition, a primary insomnia, or a primary sleep disorder. I would see a psychiatrist first and then a sleep doc if you have a shifted sleep schedule, an epworth sleepiness scale score >10, (type this into your browser and score it). In the interim you can take melatonin 3 mg two hours before bedtime (script not needed). ...Read more

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How do I know my baby is getting enough to eat if he spits up frequently?

How do I know my baby is getting enough to eat if he spits up frequently?

Spitty babies: The bottom line here is in the numbers. The newborn and young infant should gain about an ounce a day (some more, some less based on birth factors). If your baby is meeting those weight gain goals, you can rest assured that enough is staying down despite the spit up. If your baby is not, or if s/he is experiencing pain associated with feeding or spit up, be sure to talk with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What to if I am ready to lose weight and get in shape now how do I do that?

What to if I am ready to lose weight and get in shape now how do I do that?

Congratulations !: You have already made the first step- making the decision! to achieve weight loss and improve physical shape requires thoughts about altering ones food type and amount of intake and one's type/duration/intensity of physical activity. I would recommend a regimen consisting of an aerobic component (e.g. Walking, jogging, biking, swimming), an anerobic component (weight training), and stretching. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Reduced Appetite (Definition)

diminished ...Read more