QMy two-year-old son barely seems to eat at mealtimes, although he happily munches through his morning and afternoon snacks of fruit and crackers. I’m concerned that he’s not getting enough energy and nutrition from his diet.
ANutritionist Dr Joanna McMillan says: If he’s growing normally, then yes, he is getting enough energy and protein. For optimal health and development, however, you also need to ensure he is consuming a broad range of foods. Parents often worry their young children aren’t eating enough, but they are usually consuming more than you think. Just make sure your son is not eating too many snacks between his main meals – if he’s not hungry at mealtimes you will have little chance of getting him to eat!
The best thing to remember is that your job is to provide healthy, nutritious food for him and his job is to decide how much to eat.