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Book Review - How to get your kid to eat… but not too much

How to get your kid to eat…but not too much is authored by Ellyn Satter, a dietitian. Ellen acknowledges a team of Doctors that collaborated on the book and offers plenty of case examples throughout the book. This is just shy of four hundred pages and organized into specific chapters so it is not necessary to read the entire book to learn how to help your child.

I have read to our Occupational Therapist and Pediatrician parts of How to get your kid to eat… But not too much to backup my feelings on where we are headed in relation to getting my son to eat and stop the bottle. The times my son was in the Hospital it was suggested he get a g-tube and I found relevant information under the chapter, Feeding the Child with Special Needs.

In this chapter an eating phobic child is discussed and the addition of a behaviorist. It is also discussed how to teach a child the steps in chewing and swallowing. There are children who have poor muscle control and those that were tube fed that might have issues now with gagging and the muscles at the back of the throat get tight.

There is another useful chapter, Nutritional Tactics for Preventing Food Fights where the author was referred by another Dietitian to a Mother with a 2.5 year old who would not eat very much. The author wanted to go to observe the parent feeding the child but this Mother took issue with that. The alternative was to have the parent videotape the feeding process. I felt better realizing that I was on the right track when I had a nurse consultant over for the very same thing.

I felt the book helped me learn more in seeing the big picture and I learned some techniques on how to get my son to take some food. The chapters covered include the following:

How Much Should Your Child Eat
What is Normal Eating
The Newborn
The Older baby
Is Your Toddler Jerking you around the table
The Popular Preschooler
The Individualistic Teenager
The Child Who grows poorly
Keeping your child from being fat

The Appendix has tools and strategies that include the portions and sizes for meat, vegetables and the food groups. The milk group portions are included as well choosing nutritious snacks. The index is easy to use for specific areas you want to read without wading through all the chapters. You can find pages of help under breastfeeding, dieting, feeding cues, genetics, hunger and obesity.

I found certain parts of How to get your kid to eat…but not too much beneficial to our current situation. This book would help any parent who is at the toddler stage, a first time parent trying to experiment with solid foods and those who are working in the fields for eating disorders, disabilities and nurses aides.

Originally published on Epinions

This book is available at Amazon.

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