• My baby is such a picky eater that we sometimes resort to force-feeding and spanking. Is there a better way? Does he need appetite stimulants?

    by Aila Sim-Yonzon .
  • Force-feeding might be effective, but only for a short time. It will not make him a healthy eater in the long run. Try preparing creative recipes to make mealtime more fun. Make sure your child is rested before he eats, as exhaustion can depress one’s appetite. Appetite stimulants should be given only upon your pediatrician’s recommendation.
     
     
    Sources:
    l Sunil Sazawal, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., associate professor, department of international health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.
    l SMART PARENTING May/June, November/December 2003, March, April, June, July, August, November 2004, April, May, June, September, December 2005
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