Family and Marriage Counseling and Sexual Counsel Begüm Özkaya gave information about the duties of mothers and fathers in order to teach children the habit of eating.

Özkaya stated that a healthy and balanced diet is sufficient for the development of children, not eating too much, saying, “It is not enough for children to eat too much for their development, but a healthy and balanced diet. Children realize that they can keep their families under control by eating or not eating, starting from their infancy. “By making things difficult during mealtimes, they can draw the attention of families to themselves, and they can torture the mother or father they are angry with,” he said.


Psychologist Özkaya stated that putting pressure on children to eat, rewarding them if they eat, or punishing them when they do not eat does not work, and said, “Especially in the period from 8-9 months to school age, parents complain about their child’s lack of appetite. It is known that especially between the ages of 1 and 2, appetite is at the lowest level, especially between the ages of 1 and 2, and behaviors of choosing and refusing food are a common problem during this period.

If the child eats less on some days and more on some days, it is a natural feature of this age, so it is not necessary to focus on it. However, if the child is accustomed to eating frequently and less, they should not be worried about ‘not eating too much’ as ​​the food eaten in this way may have as much nutritional value as the main meal. However, if you are gaining insufficient weight and lack of appetite for a long time, it is necessary to consult a doctor because this problem may be caused by intestinal parasites, constipation, teething, anemia or urinary tract infection. At the same time, the problem of anorexia in children usually occurs in psychological traumas such as the divorce of the parents, but mostly as a result of the mistakes made by the parents in nutrition. Because putting pressure on the child to eat, rewarding him if he does not eat, on the contrary, punishing him when he does not eat does not work and causes the problem to grow more. “


Özkaya stated that children do not have an appetite when they are overly tired and sleepy and said, “Children need to arrange their meal times accordingly because they do not have an appetite when they are extremely tired and sleepy. Play games with your child before sitting at the table. “Do not give your child sugary foods and drinks such as sugar, chocolate, cake and fruit juice in between meals,” he said.

Özkaya, who also gave information about what parents should do for their children with no appetite, said:

“First of all, your child does not need to eat much for a healthy development, a balanced diet will be enough. Children imitate what he sees, not what is told. Therefore, those responsible for the child’s care such as parents and caregivers should pay attention to their own nutritional behavior. Do not compare your child with others in any respect. The hungry child wants to eat eventually, let him realize that he is hungry. Do not walk around the room, room in your hand. Your child should learn that eating is a social event by sitting on a high chair or a chair at meal time and attending the family table.Eat food in a quiet environment where there is no television and will not be distracted, and make sure that the time passes well with a song or a tale. can cheer up the process you will. Give your child enough time to eat; however, this period should not exceed half an hour. Offer only meals at meals, do not allow them to snack between meals, this junk, which quickly fills the already small stomachs, will fill up with foods and the feeling of hunger will disappear. Children can use a fork and spoon after the age of 1.5, so wait for them to eat and put the spoon in his hand rather than in his mouth to support himself to eat. Keep the portions small, as filling the plate to the top can be unattractive for the appearance. “

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