how can i make my child eat healthy?

User - posted on 09/30/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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She is 5 same times she dont want to eat and id give her fruits and suff in stead of regular food but she has gained 7 lbs in a month and really i dont see how. I make her go out and play and things but my county has had a few cases of west nile and i;m so scared to let any of my kids out in my yard cuz i live in the woods. some times she only eats one good meal a day if that. I have 2 girls who are healthy eaters and 2 who look like they never eat and advice?

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User - posted on 09/30/2012

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She has a meat and green veggie no snacks really and she drinks milk or coolaide no soda's we have tried the nothing else til dinner is done. but she dont care really she has been having absence seizures so she really hasnt wanted to eat, we have tried all her favorite foods i give in on the fruits so she isnt to hungry

Kimberly - posted on 09/30/2012

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What sort of meals is she eating? And what else is she eating if she is only eating one good meal a day? I would really try to set an example for her by eating healthy yourself and also limiting the options that she has, having the odd treat or snack here and there is fine but its not something that should be happening everyday. Try to get here eating more fruit and veggies as snacks, yogurts, cheese, nut and rasin mixture or other low gi foods that will last her alot longer. I wouldnt be allowing juices and soft drinks as these just fill kids up on empty sugared calories. Trying getting them to have wholemeal or better yet multi grain bread or wraps instead of white bread. Its not easy to change eating habits but if your all doing it together then they might follow suit quicker. As for playing out with the west nile, could you make sure they have heaps of bug spray on and longer sleeved shirts? Of get them play active games inside the house, have a dance off or freeze dance

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