Hi i m so much worried abt my baby, she is 18 months old and take only mother feed, i tried many times that she take top feed but she didn't started. other than mother feed she takes boiled egg mashallah daily but i m wooried because she do not take proper solid food,sometimes she eat rice, sometime not, sometime small half inches pcs of roti but just 2 or 3
she enjoy biscuits and snacks , sometime she take food but not on regular basis.
HOW CAN I IMPROVE HER EATING HABITS?????
She is active and quite talkative but calorie intake according to her age is very less.
As per your measurements, her weight is just above the 75th percentile and her height is on the 90th percentile for her age which is within normal range for her age. Is she taking breast milk via breast or from a bottle or sippy cup? It is okay for her to have breast milk, however, suggest giving it to her with a sippy cup (you would have to pump) with meals and snacks so you start having her eat on a meal pattern (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks between). At 18 months she should be eating on her own with ‘finger’ foods. As a guideline for a 18-24 month old child should eat the following: Dairy 4 feedings a day –Milk or breast milk (4oz), cheese (½ oz), yogurt (½ cup), or cottage cheese (¼ cup). Starch 4 feedings a day – Cereal (¼ cup), pasta (¼ cup), rice (¼ cup), bread (½ slice), or crackers (2). Fruits & Vegetables 4 feedings a day – Fruits (including 100% juice limited to only 4-6ozs) & Vegetables (¼ cup). Protein source 2 feedings a day – Meat or fish (1oz), egg (1), or beans (¼ cup). She should eat 3 meals and have snacks between meals using the foods above to be spread out throughout the day. After you set up an eating pattern and if she is still having issues with eating solid foods, she may need to learn how to eat. Some children just do not know how to do it and need to be taught. They need to learn how to chew and swallow food properly; it is not really an instinct behavior like sucking. Suggest having her evaluated for chewing/swallowing by a doctor. Hoped this helped you.
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