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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Probably NOT: Kids can accidentally swallow tiny spiders while playing outdoors. The amount of venom in a tiny bug should not be a problem if swallowed and digested, or if rolled around in the mouth and spit out. A big poisonous spider biting a kid inside his mouth would be bad. If a kid chomped on a spider, it's possible that venom could be absorbed in the mouth; but in the stomach, acid should disable venom. ...Read more
Model for them: Establish your mealtime rules & consequences for breaking them at a family meeting. Have them help you shop & prepare meals. Have family meals with pleasant conversation, no arguing. Praise a child who takes a bite of veggie; don't remark on or to the one who won't. Put a tbsp./year of age of each food on their plates. Don't buy junk food; eat only at the table at scheduled meal & snack times. ...Read more
Yes: All things in moderation. Fruit is a vital part of our diet and should be consumed daily at the rate of several servings per day. It is possible to eat so much fruit that we are not hungry for other vital foods, such as vegetables, carbs, and protein. Also, excess sugars will be converted to fat. Finally, too much fruit/sugar can lead to diarrhea and affect absorption of other nutrients. ...Read more
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