The Problems of Overeating in Children Video

Join a discussion about growth and development by Dr. Hands, who presents all that any parent would like to know about any health concern during the first few years of child's life. This video teaches about children who overeat.
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The Problems of Overeating in Children Next topic actually is just the opposite of the last. In this case, the question the parents are asking “Is baby too fat?” It is true that overeating teaches the child to over eat. We see a strong family history for two reasons. One there’s a lot of psychodynamics that are transferred to the child and the feeding habits of the parents are transferred to the child. There are also obviously some genetic issues involved. Nevertheless, there are some solutions to try to avoid your baby from being a too fat baby. Solution number one is breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is certainly been shown to decrease obesity, fat cell acquisition as the child gets older. The other is stop eating before saturation. We also teach the baby when they’re breastfeeding not to graze. You feed, you get it off. You do not keep feeding over and over again which also programs frequent feeding. The other thing is very similar with bottle feeding. We don’t make the bottle a companion. We use the bottle for a feeding and then we get rid of it. And we don’t feed every time the child cries. We use nurturing etcetera, we don’t’ use feeding as a solution to crying. A sucking baby doesn’t always mean a hungry baby. You can use non nutritive sucking devices such as a pacifier if you wish to try to get baby from being reflex feeding due to a sucking desire. You don’t insist that the child finish feeding on the bottle. Basically, this is called force feeding and we try to avoid that. We feed slowly not rapidly because it’s been shown that as time evolves, cessation occurs. If you feed rapidly you actually take more food in to establish cessation. The breast is discontinued and the bottle is discontinued by 12 months. Once you go to the cup, less fluid intakes taking in, less total caloric intake and you don’t get the by- product of calories for sucking. We don’t give food to occupy time, to distract youngsters or for boredom. This becomes a major problem with obesity and we avoid food as reward. And the last thing is we avoid sweets until at least 12 months of age. So we do not require a taste to sweets early on.

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