Why Does the 18 Month Old Not Eat?
You do not know what to do with your little one that gives you the impression not swallow up anything in a day? Are Meals painful and stressful times?
- Growth: rapid during the first year, growth slowed much after the first birthday, though still impressive throughout childhood. Thus, the average child born at 7 lbs, double its weight (14 pounds) to 4 months, the triple (21 lbs) to 15 months, but the quadruple (28 lbs) that to 2 1/2 years. With slower growth, the decrease in appetite is quite reasonable.
- Teeth: The teething causes are often difficult of nights and meals, runny noses and grumpy. During the second year, the child will break some big teeth to reach a total of 16 (he still pierce four molars, for a total of 20 milk teeth in its third year). If some teething happily goes unnoticed, others will cut the appetite for a few meals.
- The phase of non-: Somewhere between 18 and 24 months, the child will enter the on phase.”Do not,” “want to have,” “not that” and “no” become his favorite expressions. Boring in the extreme, this phase of development allows the child to learn to be assertive and to test the limits and parental love. The food seems to be the favorite field of expression of many toddlers during this phase where their tastes are formed and affirm. For example in categorically refusing to eat what the day was his favorite dish. Less is made of the case of their refusal incomprehensible unless we show them that we are concerned they do not eat, the faster it goes there.
- Too late suppers: With the resumption of work for many moms late baby’s first year is often adopted a new schedule where supper is later. A child with which we begin the routine of sleep around 19h to bed at around 19:30 or 20h is too tired to eat if soup later. Ideally, the base should be on the table between 17h and 17:30. 18h is the extreme limit: most small are already difficult. Later, it is a waste with almost all: imagine if you were served your meal at 21:30 how you would feel.
- The game: This is a secret that toddlers love to play! They simply have “no time” to eat, an activity for several long, repetitive and uninteresting (the enthusiasm of the first months waned). This is particularly striking in the morning, deprived of toys all night, little has one desire: to find them. And now we moved to the table. Misery! You can let your child play 15-20 minutes upon waking before bringing Eat, it helps. Make meals pleasant moments during which we talk and laugh also contributes to keep the child at the table.
- Milk: The child needs to drink milk at least until about three years. Ideally, he will drink breast milk or expressed within. Between 12 and 24 months, he will need 3 to 4 feedings per day to meet its needs. If it is partially breastfed or breastfed (less than three daily feedings), we will offer him a milk substitute. This may be a fortified soy milk, goat’s milk, cow’s milk, almond drink. In any case, we must ensure that he does not drink too much because of the cup milk quickly appetite for other foods. The child who is not breastfed at all should drink 16 to 20 ounces of milk per day up to 18 months (500 ml or a little more), then between 12 and 16 ounces of milk then, for the rest of early childhood. We cut 4 ounces (125 ml) of this amount for each feeding. We can offer more up to 2 servings of dairy products (yogurt, cheese) every day. Again, it will cut 4 ounces (125 ml) of milk for each additional serving of dairy product if we offer more than two.
- The juice: Children do not need to drink milk. Water is much better to quench their thirst. However, it can make an excellent accompaniment to lunch, where meals drink water seems less appreciated. The juice is very sweet; he quickly cut appetite too. So we should never offer more than 4 ounces (125 ml) per day to her child or give shortly before meals. And one should make sure to choose a real juice, 100% pure, without additions of sugar or sugar substitutes, no dyes or artificial flavors. Or better yet, make a habit of offering smoothie, more nourishing the juice.
- Too sweet breakfasts: When a child quibble on his plate at breakfast, his parents tend to try to coax him by serving foods that seem most attractive to them. Thus they replace roasted strawberry jam with toast with Nutella or the bowl of Cheerios with a bowl of Fruit Loops. Now, it is usually totally against-productive, and the child will eat less. Is that too much sugar for breakfast, it can disgust. Surprisingly, for eating better, the child often needs the opposite. A healthier meals proposal, richer in protein and healthy fats, containing complex carbohydrates and little sugar: an egg or pancake, roasted butter cashew, little food that actually will give him energy and support him, even if he eats only a small portion.
- Snacks: Some children need three meals a day (morning, afternoon, before bedtime). Other two only. Others will be very irregular, especially when growth spurts will shuffle the cards. Pay attention to the proliferation of snacks and quality. Snacks should be composed of real food. This seems silly to say, but sweets are not snacks, no more than the food that we can’t associate with any of the four food groups. Some children become experts snacking: not eating any meal, they spend their days require meals. They can take up to 4 between lunch and dinner. One Snacks enough for all three times identified above. If the child is still hungry, can be slightly ahead of the next scheduled Snacks.
- The TV: When moms are watching TV, toddlers generally adopt one of this two destructive behavior: either they are too busy to pay attention to their satiety signals and overeat, or they are too obsessed with their images to feel hungry and thinking about eating; their meal cools the plate and it is not very appetizing. In the first case, it is obesity and eating disorders (bulimia, etc.) that threaten the child in a more or less near future; in the second, it is the shortcomings and lack of energy. Turn off the TV at mealtimes. Children under three years old should never watch television.
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