Getting messy to feel the texture of food and avoiding pressure over meals can be helpful when encouraging small children to eat, say new guidelines
Small children who are slow to gain weight should be allowed to play with their food, put their fingers in it and get messy, according to new guidelines for the NHS.
The guidelines are to help health visitors and other professionals support parents who are worried about their child’s faltering weight. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) says that, where there is a genuine issue with the child’s weight, making sure meal times are not stressful is one of the ways forward.
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