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Fussy Eater

Children tend to dislike foods of certain color, shape, texture, and taste. Also, they may like a particular food one day while disliking it the other day. The quantity of food they take also may vary from day today. It is termed fussy eating, which is an integral part of a child's development. Creating a regular and happy mealtime, asking the child to eat in small proportions, appreciating the child for eating, avoiding the fussing, and setting a time limit for meals help overcome fussy eating.

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What foods should I give my little son to eat properly?

Query: Hello doctor, My 4-year-old son does not take his food properly. He has mild constipation. I would like to know what type of food does he need? Please suggest if he needs vitamin supplements.  Read Full »

Dr. Simy Mathew

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You should try giving different food items and try new recipes. All kids are fussy eaters. We should put our maximum effort to make them eat. You can give multivitamin syrup like Visyneral Z Syrup (vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6...  Read Full »

Why does my 19 months old son not eat and keeps grinding his teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 19 months old. He is grinding his teeth most of the time. He is not eating well and takes only one spoon. After that, he has a feeling of vomiting. I am giving food with a long interval between every bite. I am giving him only mashed foods. Previously, he was taking two idlis an...  Read Full »

Dr. Samir Bhatia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern regarding your child. Grinding is a common phenomenon occuring in children till six years. Most of the children stop doing it by six years. If he has grinding after this age, you can give him plenty of water. For Albendazole, you can give h...  Read Full »

Why is my 7.5-month-old baby not eating or drinking properly?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a 7.5-month-old baby girl who has trouble eating. She drinks formula but is a problematic feeder. She swallows two to ten sips, stops, and pushes the bottle out. She keeps doing that with every feed. I barely manage to get her drink around three cups per day. She does not eat solid...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please note the following: 1. The weight of the child is appropriate for the age, so no worries. 2. Food fussiness is very common in this age group. But as long as the weight is good, and you keep on trying, you need not worry. Here are some points that should help yo...  Read Full »

My toddler does not eat anything and asks only for milk. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,My kid is about three years old but does not eat anything. He just wants to drink milk. We have tried everything so far but nothing is helping out. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. It is not uncommon for toddlers to become picky eaters, especially around the age of two, as they start to assert their independence and develop their preferences. However, it is important to ensure that your child...  Read Full »

How can I increase my breast milk?

Query: Hello doctor, My 2 months old son is 4.2 kgs now. At times, the baby is fussy on the breasts and not able to get enough milk. I tried changing breasts during feeding, but still, he starts crying and unable to settle him. It takes one hour for breasts to become hard and finally feed the baby without...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It may be possible that the breast milk may be less as per requirement, or there may be some issues with latching on. You need to find a balanced way to feed the baby. Please do the following: 1. Top feed the baby with a bottle and nipple after every breastfeed so t...  Read Full »

My son refuses to eat anything and only enjoys junk food. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, This is regarding my 6 year old son. He is reluctant to eat and normally we have to change his focus from meal to feed him (by showing him television or something else). He smells things as well and does not eat if he does not like the smell of it. He likes cold drinks, chips, candi...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagasirisha Naredla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the details you have provided, your kid seems to be a fussy eater. This is a common problem with kids of this age. Reasons for this problem are: Kids of this age are more interested in play rather than food. They are interested in junk food and hence dislike he...  Read Full »

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