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How to feed a child? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 24-Feb-2014
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User:I have a query for my 1.5 years daughter
Doctor:Pl go ahead
User:she doesn't like eat anything :-(....
User:we had no other option then giving mile most of the times... and even that she use to vomit sometimes
Doctor:Most of the time we find fault with parentss
Doctor:In olden days the parents used to spend at least one hour for each meal and half an hour for snacks to feed the children
User:this is a issue since birth... if we try feeding her some hard food (like rice/daal/roti etc.), she resists and most of the time vomits
Doctor:So you can imagine the amount of patience rendered
User:yess, I understand that
Doctor:Present we hardly find such time with kids
Doctor:Though they love their kids but because of other priorities the parents are not creative enough
Doctor:to feed the kid
Doctor:A normal kid who has no medical problem would reject the feed if
Doctor:it is bland
Doctor:if it routine
Doctor:not teeth but the parents feed hard food
Doctor:unable to chew
User:actually we tries to feed whatever we eats
Doctor:ok but that is not all, we prepare food according to our taste and variety which may not be liked by the kids
User:makes sense
Doctor:so in actual you prepare food for yourself
User:She doesn't chew the food... could that be the issue as well ?
Doctor:Food should include all textures, some times puree, some times mashed , some times juice
Doctor:sometime meltable
Doctor:There is no restriction of food under age 2 yrs
Doctor:you can give all varieties
Doctor:vegetable, soup, egg, juice, fruit, milk and its products
Doctor:Spend time with the kid while feeding by rhyming, stories, talking
User:right doctor... actually she eats all the soft food items (e.g. completely meshed banana, milk, etc..)
Doctor:it improves their listening and language skills as well
User:but when we try giving meshed daal-chawal, she use to vomit
Doctor:ok give her in fluid daal
User:also her mother is a house-wife, she use to spend lot of time while feeding
Doctor:ultimately you want her to receive proteins
Doctor:put daal in rasam and feed her with spoon
Doctor:give chaval in curd as she likes milk and products
User:and what could be the reason behind vomitting? sometimes she use to vomit even the plain milk.
Doctor:agressive feeding
Doctor:the stomach accomodates very less
User:right... is it normal for her age (18 months) ?
Doctor:Give mutiple but small feeds
User:we have tried that :-(.. for example she had last meal yesterday night before sleeping...
User:when in the morning today, as soon as we tried giving her milk, she vomitted it
Doctor:But you should be feeding her once every 4 hour with milk or juice with her head elevated
Doctor:I mean once in the middle of the night
User:should we wake her?
Doctor:in the sleep
Doctor:You can give it with a feeding bottle
User:ok... will give a try
Doctor:The stomach empties in 3 hours
Doctor:so you can feed her once or twice during the night
Doctor:That way you ensure more calories
User:... by any chance could there be a medical reason or infection behind this ? just wanted to understand the remote possibilities.
Doctor:yeah why not an examination with a Pediatrician
Doctor:check for ENT problems, parasitic infections
Doctor:spleen and liver examination
User:Do you have any recommendations for Pediatrician in Bangalore?
User:whatever you said makes perfect sense..but just wanted to have a checkup
Doctor:I suggest a nearby Apollo clinic
Doctor:since it is regular check without any evidence of disease
User:sure.. thanks a lot Soctor
User:**Doctor :-)
Doctor:Thank you for visiting me
Doctor:Bye for nw
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