Hi I am Babita. I have two sons. I am very much upset because both of them are very skinny. They are very fussy in eating. I have to feed them forcefully specially my little one. I turn on the t.v. then I have to make him busy and to feed him. He is just 4 years old. I have tried everything but all in vain. Please help me how I can help them to gain weight.
God bless u
Some of the issues you’re experiencing at meal times may be due to behaviorally-related issues. In which case, it may be helpful to meet with a child feeding specialist to help you as the parent feel more empowered on how to guide and support your child at meal times. However, if they have foods they enjoy, see if you can serve those more often while trying to make them as nutritious as possible. For example, instead of pizza from a pizza chain restaurant, see if you can make homemade pizza using quality ingredients and a whole grain crust. Add pureed fresh basil or carrot or squash into a jar of pasta sauce as it cooks. Make lasagna with thinly sliced pieces of zucchini in place of some of the noodles (peel away the green skin of the zucchini if that feels like it will throw them off too much). Make yogurt and fruit parfaits for dessert, even topping with a little whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Try using mashed avocado in place of butter or oil when making muffins or brownies, and you can use King Arthur’s “White Whole Wheat Flour” instead of white flour when baking. It’s actually 100% whole grain but looks like white flour! If they like peanuts, grill up some chicken on skewers and let them dip the chicken strips into a peanut sauce. It’s amazing how much great nutrition you can sneak into your meals and desserts! Also, talk to your boys in advance about mealtime expectations and see if you can get them to enjoy a meal without the TV on in the background. Sometimes it seems TV helps them sit at the table, but oftentimes, it can just become a greater distraction, making food intake even harder in the end.
Lisa Lanzano, MS, RD