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Small child, very selective in her diet, does not eat fruits, eats less lunch. Tips to improve diet?

my daughter is almost 5 years old. she is very picky eater. she wont eat fruits also. she drinks half a glass of milk with bottle at 6 0 clock in the morning and does not eat breakfast also. she will have lunch around 2 0 clock, that is also very less, but she is very active and has good memory and active in all other activities. problem is with her diet only. please help me...
Asked On : Sun, 3 Feb 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Thanks for your query,
children in this age are fussy eaters.
You ave to be patient and adopt different ways to make her eat.
All family members should eat together,this creates an environment for the child.
Give her plenty of fluids,salad and fruit .
Avoid all kind of fried and junk food as they interfere with appetite of child...

Wishing your child good health.
God bless.
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Anesthesiologist Dr. Ugramurthy.n's  Response
you can supplement fruits in different forms like juice, milk shakes, mock tail with icecream and you can add chocolate to fruits. As she is active there is no need to worry and see that she has enough gap between feeds so that she feels hungry and dont show in front of the child that you are worried about her not eating, behave as though you are not bothered about her eating so that she asks for food and consumes whenever required.
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Pediatrician Dr. Sudha Shree Venkataraman's  Response

Many kids are picky eaters.
As the age increases the growth decreases and hence the calorie intake also reduces.
You have not mentioned about her present weight.
But I can understand your worries.

Just be sure that you don`t give her more than 2 glasses of milk a day.
Cut short on all junk food- like chips, biscuits, chocolates etc.
Also do not give her lot of juices- which will not contribute to calories.

Whatever food she eats, fortify it with ghee/oil/ nuts/ cheese/ peanut butter etc. These are calorie dense foods. And offer her food in various interesting forms, shapes and colors. This will make food items interesting.

Make sure you give her plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, dal, eggs daily.

Also consult your Pediatrician- who will be able to tell you the ideal weight and height for her age. You may also ask your Pediatrician for a micro-nutrient supplementation- because some kids with hidden micro-nutrient deficiencies do not grow well and have a poor appetite.

Hope my answer helps you.
Wish your daughter good health.
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