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Eating problems for a 2 year old - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Growth and Development in Children
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Doctor :   Hi.
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   hi
User :   I need to talk about my kid
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Please go ahead with your query.
User :   he is aged about 2.5 years
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   and he was born prematured
User :   in the 7th month
User :   now
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   the problem is
User :   He dont like eating any thing
User :   his main intake is milk
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   he does not like eating solid foods
User :   like,
User :   roti, rice, etc etc
User :   what can be done?
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Is he otherwise healthy?
User :   yes
User :   he plays a lot
User :   there is one more thing I want to mention
User :   he is the only kid in the house
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   any ideas, as to what to do
Doctor :   I suggest that first you start by giving him small quantities of semisolid food like
Doctor :   khichdi
Doctor :   It should be in very minute amounts
User :   yes we are trying, that,
Doctor :   the food should be given in frequent intervals
User :   like, khichidi, and other things
Doctor :   every 2-3 hrs a feed must be given.
User :   it he is in a mood he eats
User :   but most of the time, he will say no
Doctor :   Avoid any kind of formula feeds.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Give him only home made foods
User :   formula feeds means
User :   cerelac etc?
Doctor :   Like farex or cerelac
User :   ok
User :   what more?
Doctor :   Also you should add ghee or oil
User :   ok
Doctor :   in whatever food you give him.
Doctor :   Give him fruits and boiled vegetables.
Doctor :   each meal is given at frequent intervals.
User :   boiled vegs I havent tried yet, it seems a good idea
Doctor :   You can give him ORAXIN SYRUP
Doctor :   1/2 tea spoon
Doctor :   twice a day
Doctor :   that stimulates the appetite
User :   k
Doctor :   also give him boiled egg
Doctor :   every day
User :   ok
Doctor :   he will initially eat
Doctor :   very less
User :   hmm
Doctor :   You should be patient
User :   ok
Doctor :   then his stomach capacity will
Doctor :   slowly increase
Doctor :   givew him only as much as he can eat
User :   ok
Doctor :   never force feed him.
Doctor :   As he is taking food in such small quantity
Doctor :   his food should always be calorie dense
User :   ok
Doctor :   Always add either curd, oil, ghee or butter to whatever he eats
Doctor :   fruits should include bananas, apples
Doctor :   sapota
User :   ok
Doctor :   food should be what the adults eat
Doctor :   but should be soft in
Doctor :   consistency
Doctor :   make him eat all vegetables
Doctor :   and foods in the process
Doctor :   so that he wont be a fussy eater in the future
User :   ok
Doctor :   The key is patience here
User :   yes
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form say done when done
Doctor :   If there is any health related problem with him, then get him evaluated with a Pediatrician.
Doctor :   Monitor his height and weight regularly, as improper diet may hamper physical growth which is very important in that age.
Doctor :   Have you filled the feedback form which I have sent?
User :   hey, I thought this chat was disconnected
Doctor :   No.
User :   I have filled the feedback
Doctor :   I just sent the feed back form.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Is there any thing else that I could help you with?
User :   are these responses automated, may I know your name?
User :   thanks for your help
Doctor :   You are welcome.
User :   will touchbase with healthcaremagic
User :   if future
User :   for any other assistance
User :   bye
Doctor :   Sure anytime
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting Health care magic. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
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