In the case above, it may sound normal, most parents think that a certain portion of food is able to meet your baby’s needs without having to think about a good process. One good process that is sometimes overlooked is the process of feeding the baby in practicing chewing and swallowing skills.
Chewing is one of the skills that babies must have, a process that starts by involving the muscles and jaw and then passing it on to the cavities and teeth so that it becomes soft and also soft. When your child goes through this process what happens to their food?
Chewing is important for pulverizing food so that food is easier for the stomach to digest. The chewing habit is mostly formed at the beginning of complementary feeding. In training chewing skills In babies need an active role from you as parents, one of which is by providing stimulation.
Here is the importance of chewing food in your child:
1. Helping the Digestion Process with Enzymes in the Mouth
With the chewing process, the process for refining the food is not heavy because the chewed food is not too long in the process in the stomach. In addition, the food is mashed in the mouth to get enzymes from saliva which can help to break down the nutrients from food so that it becomes small parts that are easily absorbed by the blood.
2. Strengthens Gums and Jaws
By giving textured food gradually, your child will learn to chew. With a textured diet will help in strengthening the gums and jaw, especially when you provide foods that contain lots of fiber. In other words, foods that contain fiber require a chewing process which helps in cleaning the mouth. Problematic oral hygiene will cause oral health problems such as canker sores, gingivitis which will prevent eating.
3. Various food ingredients for nutritional needs
In choosing the type of food menu, it should be easy to digest, you should reduce the hard or tough food menu. Ease of chewing takes precedence. You can set a varied menu every day and also a menu that can increase your child’s appetite. Most children choose food menus so that sometimes they are more fixated on one meal rather than other foods even though they have the same nutritional value.
In other words, for those of you who until now your child is still vomiting food, maybe one of them is the lack of chewing skills. Chewing skills will increase when you stimulate your child. And don’t underestimate the chewing process once you know the many benefits that help in maintaining the health of your child by chewing food.