The beginning of complementary feeding is a big change in the baby's life, which goes from taking milk exclusively to gradually becoming familiar with the various foods that make up the diet of the children. Adults. Although there are many ways to deal with complementary feeding, the most common is
The beginning of complementary feeding is a big change in the baby's life, which goes from taking milk exclusively to gradually becoming familiar with the various foods that make up the diet of the children. Adults.
Although there are many ways to deal with complementary feeding, the most common is to start with crushed foods. However, for some this is a problem, they are children who do not want to eat solid foods.
When a child refuses to eat solid food
From the puree-based diet there must be a progression, and not a stagnation, so that complementary feeding has to evolve towards the food that adults consume.
While it is not necessary to offer the child puree, but can be started with whole foods from 6 months los, the crushed are the option chosen by a large majority of parents, who however do not receive guidelines or information on how to how old to continue with the evolution of this diet.Due to this, it is extremely frequent to reach beyond the two years feeding the child with purees, instead of going from there to stumbles and then to larger pieces, which would be the desirable progression. This is why, unfortunately,
we find more children who do not want to eat solids than they should. Being familiar with the chewing process is necessary in the nutritional education of the child for several reasons:
- We are omnivores
, so our jaw is prepared and should be trained for it if we do not want to avoid problems in adulthood, both of teeth as health, by not following an appropriate diet.- Manage solid food
is the only way we have to avoid choking, although obviously there are some incidental that are inevitable. Un - A poor development of the musculature of the jaw affects the speech, relating to problems at the speech-therapy level. Unfortunately
, the introduction of solid foods in an older child is a slow and exhausting process
for both them and their parents and children.After two years have passed, it is a sign of alarm that the child refuses to feed himself with anything else that is not crushed, and, as parents, we must take action on the matter. - Obviously, if you are not used to eating solids, it is natural to reject them, so instead of offering solid solids, it is better to modify what you already know, that is, your puree, increasing the thickness of the same and its texture progressively.
- Once the child gets used to eating pieces in his purée, the next step may be to reduce the amount of mashed potatoes in favor of the chunks
, so that the child is able to accept the pieces of food as usual. Probably these pieces require little chewing, so, from here, once we have achieved that the solid pieces are well accepted, the idea is to get the child to chew.