Skinny kids are as much a matter of concern for parents like overweight or obese kids. Check out the ways by which you can get the kid eat more and help him gain healthy weight easily.
The most common problem with parents and paediatricians is overweight or obese kids. But then it can be just as worrisome when the kid is skinny and tremendously underweight. It is mostly found that kids who are fussy eaters also seldom develop an interest in food, thereby, they happen to eat less and be underweight. Parents tend to think that the solution to this problem is to get the kid eat more food, but then this is not necessarily right that consumption of food will help the kid gain weight. Some kids have a genetic tendency towards being skinny. Some such kids stay scrawny till they reach the adolescence period when the weight gain occurs, and they also gain some height.
So be it a genetic cause or an eating behaviour, parents need to get the attention of the doctor first before getting into conclusions on their own. Here are some ways by which you can get the kid eat more than what he is having presently:
Check the Type of Eater the Kid Is
This means that some kids like to have very little food whenever they are served. So you can go for multiple or frequent meals, so as to meet the nutritional requirements of the child. It is advisable to go six small meals every day. Do not skip any meal due to any reason. Even if you are going out during the scheduled meal time, make sure that you are carrying the food of the kid with you.
Check the Quality of Food
Often parents feel that just because the kid is a fussy eater and in underweight, it is alright if he eats junk food, as it will help him gain weight easily. This is a very wrong notion. Junk food only adds unnecessary extra calories without providing even an iota of nutrition to the body. During the growing period, minerals, proteins, vitamins along with several other nutrients that are needed by the kid.
Keep the Kid Away From Deviations during Meal Time
This is a psychological factor when the kid is often deviated from the primary focus that is, eating the food. When the food is served, make it a rule for the entire family to follow that each one must be at the dinner table on time and leave the table together. This is also a part of disciplining the kid. There should be no television, or playing video games or any other activity when you are feeding the kid. The focus is supposed to shift from the primary action of eating.
Learn To Trick the Eyes
Some kids feel that when they are served full plate, they are just going to have the all of it. As much as you may urge with the kid, he will leave a part of the meal, always. So you can try serving the same quantity in large adult plates, so that the food amount appears really small. Instead of the usual baby glass, serve the milk in big glass, but only half-way full. These are some of the ways in which you can trick a fussy eater that he is actually not having a lot of food.
It has been found that with some extra patience, you can get your little one to increase his diet little by little. You can serve finger foods that are wholesome and nutritious to the kid. Often skinny kids are likely to avoid food that requires some extra effort like chewing. Make sure that every food that you serve is rich in nutrition and is wholesome for the body.