Letting your little one eat food even though the food has been chewed is tantamount to allowing bacteria to develop in your little one’s mouth. The developing bacteria will ferment to produce acid which triggers tooth decay. Besides that, the disadvantage of eating food is that it can make the jaw not develop optimally.
The suboptimal movement of the jaw leads to stimulating the growth of the jaw that fits the size of the permanent teeth and is bigger than the milk teeth. Even this suboptimal jaw movement will interfere with the child’s speech ability. Knowing the many losses caused by eating food, you should try to chew the food and then swallow the soft food.
Here are some tips that will help you get rid of the habit of eating food:
1. Choose an attractive cutlery
You can choose an attractive cutlery. Cover pictures that are generally found on cutlery with complementary foods so that children become curious about the pictures. You can add more curiosity and speed up the process of chewing food, besides that it can reduce food consumption. Occasionally you give praise or treatment that makes him happy when your child swallows food.
2. Train by providing solid food according to age
You can train your child to provide solid food according to his age so that when he gets older your child can receive the texture of the food according to his age.
3. Getting used to dining table
Get used to eating at the dining table so that it distracts him. With distracted attention will reduce food consumption.
4. Tell a Story
You can read stories while you eat. For example, you will pretend to fly a spoon and then land in his mouth, even a story of a car that will park in his mouth. By diverting his attention will help to reduce food consumption.
5. Try to give milk after eating
If the habit of eating food often occurs when giving milk. So you should give milk after eating so that your baby is not full. Giving milk after meals will make your baby suck longer.
6. Vary the menu
Savoring food can occur because the baby’s food menu is getting bored so that you can replace it with a variety of flavors that don’t make it bored. A varied diet, besides helping to meet nutritional needs, can also help to foster new flavors that increase children’s appetite.