Su Laurent brings us handy hints and tips to make life easier, such as how to deal with fussy eaters.
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Wendy Turner: We will know how important it is for children to eat properly, and this of course includes vegetables we are getting children to eat their greens and making sure that get all the vitamins and nutrients they need is not so always easy. As children coming very fussy eaters, the baby channels medical advisor Dr. Su Laurent is here. Hello Su. Dr.Su Laurent: Hi Wendy. Wendy Turner: well, I have got an example my self my little boy Freddy who is nearly 3. I mean it seems to me he can go for 2 or 3 days I wonder what he is eaten and then another day he like wholes. Dr.Su Laurent: It’s very common, and that’s particularly that the toddler age look some where between 18 months and 3 or 4 it’s a particularly difficult age I was find with children. Yes and I have got 3 children as well. And one of him is a fantastic eater, then 2 with just nightmares to begin with. Wendy Turner: So what happened in your case? Dr.Su Laurent: Well I thing the interesting thing here is all to do with mother child interaction. so my eldest one who is brought up to begin with largely by a nanny because I was back of full time work, and I had a fantastic nanny who was very and getting all the right food in to him and she just never gave up so, he has become a most amazing eater, where as my younger 2 I was at home with much longer, and I think as parents what we tend to do is if a child doesn’t like one thing we tend to try something else rather than saying this is what we giving you this is what there is if you don’t like it then you just have to wait till the next meal. Wendy Turner: Yes. Dr.Su Laurent: And nothing that makes big difference and interesting in enough my nanny who now has her own son said that her own son is a terribly eater. Wendy Turner: Really. Dr.Su Laurent: Yeah. Wendy Turner: Now you see yes again my children eat far better with their grandparents, of it because with us they know they can get away with. Dr.Su Laurent: Eating habits are all about a childs developing, understanding the world around them and understanding how much they can manipulate as his parents and food tends to be an area that parents worry about more than anything after their children, what they eat how they are growing getting enough food into them. I mean the number of consultations I have about parents about children who are growing and the parents are doing the most but offering for trying to get food in to them its just extraordinary. Wendy Turner: Well let’s go to the basics and what should toddlers be eating and first more importantly what should they not be eating? Dr.Su Laurent: Okay well toddlers should be eating what a good healthy adult balanced diets consist itself. Which is the right set of combination of carbohydrate protein and fat, with vitamins as part of the diet they don’t need extra vitamins provided they a good healthy diet. And if I ask any child in clinic how many portions of fruits and vegetables should you be eating? They will all say 5 every one of them whether they are 4 or 5 or whether they are 15 or 16 they will all say 5. And my next question is always and how many do you eat? And they will look at that they eat look at the parent and the parents will look a bit shit stage, and sheepish, and say things like well if I luckily might get one portion in that, that’s some raisons or that some fruit juice, so the problem with and I think it’s the problem with the western wells and is that we tend to give up if your children don’t want to eat one of the vegetable is that we give the more type of fruit just we give them we tend to say okay we’ll then go back to chicken nuggets. Which they really eat and the chips. Wendy Turner: As a parent you know you have just reassured that, oh well, thank goodness maybe in something. Dr.Su Laurent: Yeah, some parents will come in and say they’ll eat 2 sorts of chips now, but donuts and something off, and I will say, are you proud of that. Because I see that is a sense of achievement.