Most infants have good appetites during the 1st year of life. When the pediatrician asks the mother about the baby’s food intake, she generally responds with feelings of pride concerning how much and how well the baby enjoys eating.
This is the optimal time for the pediatrician to use anticipatory counseling intended to prevent future feeding problems. It is a common occurrence that the baby’s appetite will decrease considerably sometime after ambulation begins. If the mother is forewarned that this relative disinterest in food may occur, her apprehension may be alleviated. Feeding problems are most likely to occur, when the amount of food the baby eats becomes an issue between mother and child. Coaxing, persuading, bribing, cajoling. And threatening are to be avoided. If the mother ca adopt a reasonably relaxed and accepting altitude about eating, it is unlikely that feeding problems will occur. Mealtimes should be pleasant and any discussion which is likely to upset either parent or child should be avoided at this time, Small portions of food should be presented, and whenever possible within reason, the child’s taste preference should be catered to. If the baby eats what is presented, that’s fine; if the baby chooses not to eat, then that, too, is line. It will do no harm for a healthy child to go without food until the next mealtime. During the ages oft to 5 years especially, some children will show a rather marked disinterest in food. and it is well to point out to parents ahead of time that this is a period of slow growth in both weight and height and that this is reflected In the child’s appetite.
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