As parents, you want your child to get optimum nutrition, and for that, it’s required that he eats a proper and well-balanced meal.
However, if your child resents or refuses to eat. You may often tend to force-feed him, which is detrimental. Let’s take a look at the harmful consequences of force-feeding.
10 Harmful Effects Of Force-Feeding Your Child
Vomiting is a common problem due to force-feeding, when you feed your child against his wishes, it may end up in him throwing up or vomiting.
2. Aversion Towards Food
Force-feeding for your child may not only dislike what you may be feeding him, but it may make him repulsive towards that food which leads to unhealthy eating habits.
3. Kills the Appetite
We eat when we feel hungry and the same goes for kids, but force-feeding kills his appetite. But as parents, you may doubt the judgment of your child when it comes to eating, thus force-feeding him. This kills his appetite.
4. Negative Emotions
Your child can develop negative feelings and emotions towards food and even towards you.
5. Leads to Unhealthy Eating Habits
Your child may develop unhealthy and unregulated eating habits because he may develop an aversion towards healthy food.
6. Lack of Control Over Eating Habits
One of the worst side effects of force-feeding your toddler or older child is that he can lose control over his eating habits which leads to health problems.
7. Eating Disorder
Because there is no control over eating your child may develop eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, etc.
8. Under Eating Issues
As your child grows, he may eat less food rather than eating larger amounts of food.
9. Lifelong Dislikes for Food
Your child may fester longer aversions and dislike food as he grows up.
10. Parental Control of Food Leads to Eating Issues
When you force-feed your child, it can end up with him feeling lost and lacking control over his life. This may lead to low self-esteem issues for your child.
Tips for Avoid Force Feeding
1. Eat with your kid.
2. Have patience when introducing something new.
3. If your child gets distracted, gain his attention back.
4. Be patient.
It is important to feed healthy and nutritious food to eat your child, but not at the cost of force-feeding him. To deal with challenges associated with feeding your child talk to your doctor if your child is giving you a tough time with his meal.