On our recent trip to Lucknow with my 3 year old I happened to meet my cousin sister who has a 6 year old boy. The boy was almost double the age of my son yet when both my son and him stood together you would say they are of same age. My cousins son was born in the 8th month because her pregnancy had complications and weighted just 2.5 kgs at birth. My cousin also mentioned that her son had fallen ill few months back adding to his pettie thin frame. My cousin also complained of him not eating properly and he especially refused healthy home cooked food and loved eating maggi !
My son on the other hand loves home cooked dal chawal and refuses to eat unhealthy food like pizzas, maggi etc. I consider myself very lucky as my son isnt a choosy or a picky eater and feeding him is a breeze, 15 minutes is all it takes and Iam done. This may sound like me flaunting away my son, but it is actually the truth . My son is well built but not fat in anyway. He is the fittest boy in my neighborhood and is super active seen running right out of the door to the streets if the door is left ajar even for 30 seconds!
Not eating properly means children dont get enough nutrition which can affect their growth and immunity. I also faced this problem while weaning my son away from bottle. He refused to drink milk from a glass and demanded the bottle especially while sleeping. In this age of non organic foods and unlimited diseases only food isnt enough to help children with physical and mental development. A glass of milk is very important to catch up on growth. My husband brought home a pack of Horlicks Growth+ which has 23 vital growth nutrients . My kid loved this and now doesnt skip milk in his breakfast ever.
Here are more tips to help kids catch up on lost growth
# A good protien rich breakfast is important for kids to grow right and stay energetic all day. Give your child a non processed organic meal with a glass of milk. Add Horlicks Growth+ to milk to speed up the growing process. Horlicks groth plus is a specialized nutrition product children in age group of 3-9 years who are lagging behind in height and weight. It contains high quality whey protein with added nutrients that are known to enable children to catch up on lost growth. It has been clinically proven for visible growth in children in 6 month
# Lead by example. If you eat healthy even your kid will eat home cooked healthy food for life.
# Junk food is loved by all so dont ban them completely. Limit junk food to 2 days a week or once between 2 meals.
# Indulge your kid in healthy snacks like fruits, nuts and fresh fruit juices
# Get creative with food especially with salads. If vegetables look yummy even picky eaters will gobble them up
#Family meals are best way to get kids interested in eating. When the whole family gathers at the table to eat your child also will love eating watching others eat so make sure atleast one meal a day is a family meal.
# Indulge in healthy sugar free sweets . Try recipes at home and replace sugar with healthy alteratives like honey.
# Cook healthy, bake or grill instead of frying and use olive oil instead of other oil oils
#involve you kids in cooking or baking, this way they will be more eager to eat what has been cooked. You can even get your kids involved in organic gardening in your backyard.
Do you have more tips to help children grow properly?