Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Nomsa | 2009-10-04

Q.

concern about child eating habits

My child, who turned three in July (2009) has recently developed the habit of nagging and whining for food all the time. In the past he was totally disinterested in food, he ate what he was given when he was given it. He now seems very worried about food. It has become an issue for him. Recently he was taken off his bottles and he still mentions them and that he misses them - not sure what bearing that has on the matter. Howevewr I am worried about this new obsession with food. He is a very articulate child and talks a lot in properly constructed sentences. He is now using this language skill to describe and discuss foods or snacks that he wants and where to get them. This can go on all day! He was recently dewormed and that seemed to make a difference in a small way but not really the problem is escalating. Have you any advice?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Firstly be sure to set a good example and you should not eat or even have unhealthy snacks or junk food at home.Provide him with lots of vegetables and fruit in his diet.Take his mind off food by getting him involved in helping you with little chores around the house and starting to play games outside away from the house. If his behaviour carries on like this it may be a good idea to see a dietician for advice.Children who are obsessed with food like this may become obese later on, so now is the time to tackle the problem.

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