Small children who are slow to gain weight should be allowed to ’play’ with their food, put their fingers in it and get messy, according to new guidelines for the NHS.
The guidelines suggest parents allow the children to try to feed themselves, rather than being spoon-fed. Parents should encourage the child to feel the texture of the food rather than force or coerce them into eating.
Other recommendations are that mealtimes should not be too brief or too long. They should set reasonable mealtime while avoiding punitive approaches and establish regular eating schedules.
Children grow at different rates at different times. However, if a child is not gaining weight or starts growing much more slowly than before it might be ’faltering growth.’
This guideline also enables healthcare professionals to identify more complex cases of faltering growth for referral to specialist services, and help underweight children to reach a healthy weight.
texture：名詞，質地。例句：These imported fabrics have smooth texture.（這些進口布料質地光滑。）
coerce：動詞，強制。例句：Julie was coerced into learning Russian by her parents.（茱莉的父母強迫她學習俄語。）
underweight：形容詞，過瘦的。例句：The refugees fleeing from war are all underweight.（這些逃離戰爭的難民全都過瘦。）