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My 11 mth baby refuse to eat. How to get him interested in food?

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Dione Law answered:
Thanks for your question! Our Healthcare Expert will be answering some questions every week but in the meantime, here's a little tip from our Careline: It’s usually common to have a child not showing interest in food. Here are some ways to increase your baby’s interest in food. 1. Introduce him a variety of foods, one at a time. You may add milk to cereals; blend some fresh fruits and yogurt into a fruity and nutritious milkshake or using milk in puddings, custard, etc. 2. Never force your child to eat as he may end up feeling stressed and reject the food. Stay calm and simply remove the food after 20 to 30 minutes. Your child will not starve, although he may not be eating as much. He will still be getting enough nutrients if he is given a nutritious growing-up milk. 3. Make meal times light and happy as this can contribute to the feelings of well-being which may stimulate good appetite. Nagging, being insistent or fussing over his refusal to eat may cause him to become even more stubborn.

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Fonnie_Lo answered:
Do not pressure a baby to eat and feel stressed out. Different babies are ready at different timeline. Every baby is individual. Follow your baby’s lead. Let your baby play with food. Let him have the interest in food, then he will put into his mouth. It doesn’t matter if he messes up the food. Family members can sit and eat together with baby. Make mealtime fun. Show your baby that you are interested in eating his food. Then he might copy and will start eating. Provide finger food to start with. Offer those food that baby can manipulate by himself.

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Celeste99 answered:
Its v common n wil pass. What I did was I gave my boy different varieties of food each day. For eg if its porridge, I would use diff ingredients to cook every day. Fish, spinach, pumpkin, carrots etc. I would sometimes let him watch some cartoon like bb einstein while he eats or talk to him to sort of distract him as the last resort. Perseverance is key! So long he puts on weight n his healthy. .. don't worry.

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