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How to improve the diet in a fussy toddler?


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Patient's 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.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

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 is getting the necessary nutrients to support their growth and development. So, I suggest a few tips to encourage your child to eat a variety of foods.

1. Be patient. It can take multiple exposures to a new food before a child will try it, so do not give up if they do not eat it the first time.

2. Offer a variety of foods from different food groups and textures to see what your child prefers.

3. Make food fun. Cut fruits and vegetables into fun shapes, arrange them on a plate in a creative way, or make a game out of eating.

4. Make meals a family affair. Eating together as a family can help encourage your child to try new foods and model healthy eating habits.

5. Set regular meal and snack times so your child knows when to expect food.

6. Avoid using food as a reward or punishment. This can create an unhealthy relationship with food.

7. Be a role model. Children are more likely to try new foods if they see their parents eating them.

It is also important to remember that toddlers have small stomachs and may not eat as much as you expect. If you are concerned about your child's diet, consult with a registered dietitian who can provide personalized advice and guidance.

I hope this has helped you.

Thanks and regards.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham
Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham


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