Q My two-year-old barely seems to eat anything at mealtimes but happily has his morning and afternoon snacks of fruit and crackers. Is he getting enough energy and nutrition? A Dr Joanna McMillan, nutritionist,
says: If he is growing normally then, yes, he is getting what he needs from his food. However, for optimal health and development you also need to ensure he is consuming a wide variety of foods. Parents often worry that young children don’t eat enough, but they are usually getting more than they think. Just make sure he is not overeating snacks between meals – if he’s not hungry at mealtimes you have little chance of getting him to eat. The best thing to remember is that it is your job to provide healthy nutritious food, and his job to decide how much to eat.