Today, parents have greater concern over the weight of their very young children. It might be difficult for parents to determine whether the weight of their tubby toddler is still normal or not because for children under the age of four, round tummy, dimpled knee or chubby cheeks are not necessarily signs of obesity. So, before putting your toddler on a diet, go to the doctor first to confirm your suspicion. If your toddler is truly at risk of being overweight, here are some possible action plans for the sake of your toddler’s health.
Develop a healthy eating habit. You
Look for healthy kid-friendly recipe. Healthy vegetables or fruit or other foods may not look as interesting as the colorful cookies or funny-looking candies. So look for kid-friendly recipes that can make healthy foods look fun and appealing.
Avoid overeating. Eating more calories than what are needed for growth and normal activities causes obesity. Teach your children to eat only when they are hungry. Do not over feed your toddler. Clean-plate policy should be abolished; the children should stop eating when they are full. Avoid excessive fluid intakes. Your toddler should no longer get fluids from bottle, use sipping cup instead. Use plates which are not too large or too small. Eating to fast
Eat regularly. Set particular time for breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper. Snacks between meals are needed to refuel very active young children, however avoid too much or too frequent snacking. Provide nutritious, low calorie snacks in moderate portion.
Teach your child not to turn to food for comfort. Parents may be tempted to offer their kids ice cream to keep them quiet or candy when they become cranky out of boredom or some crackers when you want to distract their attention from the house chores that you are doing. When eating becomes source of comfort, obesity and its associated health problems will be the result.
Set limits and be firm. Limit high-calorie foods such as sugary dessert and snacks to once a day or twice a week. If you say that your toddler can only have half chocolate bar a day or one bowl of ice cream after dinner, stick with it. You better let your child cries than giving him what he wants.
Excercise, excercise, exercise. Try to exercise everyday with your toddler. Allow your kid plenty opportunity to run, jump, climb, walk, and hop. Another important thing is to ensure that your kid has enough sleep and rest. Avoid excessive TV viewing.
Improve your knowledge. As parents, you may not have adequate information or throughout knowledge about nutrition. Improve your knowledge of healthy lifestyle and nutritional needs by reading reference book, consulting with your doctor, meeting a dietician, opening a discussion with other parents, etc. Join nutrition class if necessary. Not only will your child benefit from your improved knowledge, your whole family will too.