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How to Improve Appetite of Children

Loss of appetite can give rise to health issues in children. Therefore, it is necessary for parents to take right steps and boost appetite of children. Have a quick look at some ways to improve appetite of children.

If your child is underweight you need to be very cautious about his or her health. If your child nags with food occasionally then it is normal but if the loss of appetite is a prolonged process then it is high time that you need to see a doctor. Loss of appetite causes rapid weight loss which ultimately results in developing many health complications for your child. So you need to be very careful for improving the appetite for your children. Here are some steps discussed how to bring back the lost appetite for your children, have a look at these.

Fix Meal Time for Kids

For kids you need to be very particular about the meal timings. If your kid is habituated to have meals at a particular time every day, he will have the desire to eat at that particular time. Do not allow your kids to munch on foods like snacks or chocolates before meal as this will make him full before meal time and as a result his appetite will be lost.

Try Out Different Food

When you find your child has lost the appetite to eat, try out some different food. Experiment with different recipes and find out which one your kid likes the most. You may try our different culinary lessons available on the net. Try out those recipes with nutritional food items as well and serve it to your kid; see if he or she likes it or not.

Physical Activities

Engage your kids to some physical activities. Physical activities will stimulate hunger. A little physical activity will make him or her feel hungry if the lost appetite is not due to some diseases; sometimes it is normal for kids not having the hunger. In order to make them feel hungry they need to go through some bodily activities.

Stimulate the Taste Buds

Sometimes in order to bring back the lost appetite for your kids you may need to offer him junk foods or spicy stuffs. Though these foods are unhealthy and not at all good to consume but it needs to be offered to kids sometimes to encourage their appetite and to stimulate their taste buds.

Sometimes it happens that the daily same food items make the kids feel bored and they do not want to eat those foods again. So, sometimes spicy foods though unhealthy need to be given to kids. May be after eating those foods he will want to eat other healthy food items. Even doctors say that it is alright to give junk food to kids once in a week.

Fun While Eating

Making meals a fun time can bring back the lost appetite in kids. Researches show that playing your kids their favourite songs on TV may encourage them to eat while listening to the song. Doing other fun activities like telling your kid a story also can make the mealtime interesting for kids and they will finish their food without any hicks. So try to make the meal time interesting for your kids.

Food Should Look Good

Kids can be mesmerised by the looks and textures of the food. Foods that look good are more appealing to kids. If your little one finds his or plate full of colourful food he or she will be interested to eat. So try to make the food more appealing by adding variety of colourful vegetables and sauces to the food. Fruits of different colours can also be given to the kids and to your surprise your kid will pick out the brightest coloured fruit.

Doctor’s Advice

When all the above tricks fail, and there is no option left that needs to be tried out to bring back your child’s appetite, taking doctors advice is the only option left with you. Taking the help of doctors will surely help you to get rid out of this situation.

Taking care of your child’s health is of prime importance for the well being of your child. If the child is not physically fit he or she will nag unnecessarily and will create discomfort for everyone. So, in such situations try to keep him or her happy by offering him or her foods that he or she likes.

Why do some children have poor appetite? Which are the interesting ways to improve appetite of children? What risks can be caused due to loss of appetite in children? Discuss here.

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Naina.4 years ago
Children may lose appetite due to monotonous food. So try to make food interesting.
Sneha.4 years ago
I make my child ride a tricycle while feeding him to avoid fuss while eating.
Preeti.4 years ago
Some interesting activities doing meal times and showing them entertaining videos can help to improve appetite of children and helps to prevent them from making fuss.
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