While obesity, the epidemic disease of the age, is rapidly spreading in childhood, some parents, on the contrary, complain that their children do not eat and are weak. “No matter what I do, I can’t eat!”, “He is far under the weight he should be for his age!” It is possible to hear the reproaches of this type from many mothers. Acıbadem Bakırköy Hospital Nutrition and Diet, Phytotherapy Specialist Sıla Bilgili Tokgöz stated that one out of every four children has anorexia problem. “If there is no underlying disease, if your child continues to develop healthily, there is no need to worry about loss of appetite. You can make them gain weight. However, while making your child gain weight, do this with healthy systems without jeopardizing their health.says.
Nutrition and Diet, Phytotherapy Specialist Sıla Bilgili Tokgöz made 9 effective offers to help children gain healthy weight.
Add molasses to orange juice: Prepare high strength healthy drinks for your child. You can mix milk, banana, honey, baby biscuits, almonds and plain ice cream in a blender and prepare a delicious and healthy drink with high calories. You can add molasses to freshly squeezed orange juice and drink it. You can prepare apple-carrot juice in your juicer. While these drinks make the child gain weight, they also give a lot of strength. However, since these drinks will never replace the child’s main meals, you can give them with meals or as snacks in the middle of the meal, not before the quick meal.
Do not drink liquid one hour before a meal: Do not give fruit juices, milkshakes and fruit milk prepared to gain weight 1 hour before and during the meal. Because the child’s stomach volume, which is actually small, is filled with liquid, creating a feeling of satiety and may cause the disruption of basic nutrition. You can add fluid intake in the middle of meals.
Do not neglect the nuts: Avoid weight gain by giving children processed foods and oils, high-sugar foods. Instead, you can create a small snack plate from nuts and dried fruits (figs, dates, dried apricots, etc.). You can prepare the baked potato chips yourself at home.
In the middle of the game, you can eat honey and butter or avocado cheese mixes on toast. You can prepare pasta with cheese, tomato sauce or mashed potatoes with cheddar next to your meals.
Value the presentation of dishes: As eye-pleasing dishes always make you more appetizing, you can show your skills and prepare colorful breakfast plates. You can make kites from cherry tomatoes, sun from scrambled eggs, owls from peanut butter bread, eyes from bananas and noses from olives.
Be a role model: First of all, you need to review your own eating style. Because children observe everything carefully and try to model you. If you eat leeks, celery, or cauliflower with a grimace or very rarely, it would be unfair to expect your child to like them. Share with him the benefits of a food he does not like and the positive effects it creates on him when he eats it.
Prepare foods he dislikes differently: For example, you can prepare milk desserts for children who do not like milk. They can consume pudding, rice pudding or cauldron. You can even prepare custard with dates, figs and bananas without adding sugar to milk desserts. For children who do not like eggs, you can prepare pancakes and serve them with molasses. For children who do not like spinach or leeks, you can make pies with spinach or leeks. You can prepare vegetable soups for children who do not consume vegetables and make them consume more easily. You can make soups for children who do not eat fish or chicken, and cakes with apples, carrots or raisins for children who do not eat fruit.
Prepare the table with your children: Culinary activities support the multidirectional development of children. For example, it improves children’s attention, planning skills, aesthetic thinking ability and creativity. However, as children value and protect the things they work for, the probability of consuming a meal prepared together increases. In this way, you can consume a colorful salad in the rainbow color that you prepared together more easily. After this meal “What color plate should we serve it on?”By asking questions such as, you can make them consume more easily with the things they choose.
Don’t be insistent, but don’t create alternatives either: Do not insist that your child refuses to eat or leaves his plate unfinished. But do not eat anything in the middle meal. Alternatively, don’t prepare a favorite meal for fear of starving. At that time, your child may learn to wait for the next meal in time. Also, when your child does not want to eat, do not overreact emotionally or physically. Take control of your behavior. If the child therefore notices that you are interested, he or she may particularly avoid eating to maintain that interest.
Consult the physician: If the child cannot gain weight despite all the precautions, it is necessary to consult the doctor to investigate the reason. Some health issues, cystic fibrosis, premature birth, not being able to sleep can also cause the child to be underweight. In such a case, the deficiencies in the child’s diet can be determined in the presence of a doctor and dietitian, and a more appropriate and healthy diet can be applied.