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joeyz asked:
My 2 1/2 yr old gal is a fussy eater. Although she is still good size (she loves milk) but I have challenge getting food into her. I will feed her many tiny bites to get something into her. Is it a growing stage?

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Roxanne Lau answered:
This is quite a common age to be fussy with food. Always lead by example, your child will see that you are eating your vegetables and enjoying the whole dinner experience. Try to make sure someone sits down and engage with your child as she eats or invite other siblings around her so they can eat together. This is like a bit of peer influence, Below you will find some helpful information: 1. No toddler will deliberately starve herself. So relax - if she is hungry, she will eat. 2. Toddlers between 1 and 3 years old tend to have smaller appetites as their growth rate is slower compared to the first year. 3. Let her decide how much she wants to eat, but you decide what she eats. 4. Stay calm. If she fusses, try and find out what she is trying to tell you. 5. If she is tired after an outing in the morning with the family, do not insist that she sits down for lunch. 6. Try to make meal times short and pleasant. Toddlers do not have the patience to sit through a full meal. 7. If things get out of hand, calmly remove her from the table and say "we will eat later". Calm her down or distract her. Try again later. 8. Remember, toddlers can eat well one day and poorly the next. There is no real need to worry as long as your daughter is healthy and growing normally. Hope this helps!

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Respiratory tract infections are frequently associated with fever in young children. Infections usually start in the upper respiratory tract, and can result in either a dry or wet cough. If there is an increasingly wet cough, the doctor would ensure that there is no phelgm in the lungs, which signify a lower respiratory tract or chest infection. Most infections are due to viruses, but some are due to bacteria and require a course of antibiotics. Fever can be high grade, even with viruses. Fever does not damage the brain, but may induce a fever fit in young children. Give the fever medication and adequate fluids regularly, and if persistent, see your doctor for a review. The advice is kept general and not a substitute for a consultation. Kindly consult your doctor or pediatrician as a detailed history and examination is important to come to a diagnosis and treatment plan.

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MamaTan answered:
This is definitely a growing phase. Kids at this age tends to get more fussy with food. Try to be more innovative when introducing food to your child. Give more different varieties each time. Encourage her by eating together as a family.

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Liew_Woei_Kang answered:
If your child is growing well and maintaining her weight despite eating little solids, this probably means that a significant amount of calories are obtained from formula milk. You may want to reduce the amount and frequency of formula, so as to aim for proper lunch or dinner. Other than providing calories, solid foods add to the variety in terms of nutrients, fiber and texture. This can encourage the child to chew and work their jaw muscles. The advice is kept general and not a substitute for a consultation. Kindly consult your doctor or pediatrician as a detailed history and examination is important to come to a diagnosis and treatment plan.

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