My Child Won't Eat: How to Enjoy Mealtimes Without Worry

Pinter & Martin Publishers
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Parents everywhere worry when their baby or toddler doesn't seem to eat as much as they think he should. Carlos González, a paediatrician and father, sets those fears to rest as he explores the reasons why a child refuses food, the pitfalls of growth charts, and the ways that growth and activity affect a child's calorific needs. He discusses how eating problems start and how they can be avoided. My Child Won't Eat includes mothers' stories of the anguish and torment they have gone through in trying to get their children to eat.

Carlos González, author of Kiss Me!, reassures parents that children know how much they need to eat and explains why a parent's only involvement should be in providing healthy food choices. Forcing a child to eat more than he needs can only lead to tears, tantrums and, eventually, possibly even obesity.

Questions Carlos González answers include:

  • Why won’t my child eat?
  • How much does a child need to eat?
  • Why don’t children like vegetables?
  • What does it mean to breastfeed on demand?
  • When should my baby start to eat solid foods?
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About the author

Carlos Gonzalez was born in Zaragoza, Spain, and studied medicine in Barcelona. He is a husband and father of three and also a paediatrician. He teaches breastfeeding courses for health professionals, and writes books and magazine articles on child rearing for parents.

He also wrote Kiss Me! How to raise your children with love and Breastfeeding Made Easy: a gift for life for you and your child

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Publisher
Pinter & Martin Publishers
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Published on
Dec 31, 2012
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Pages
192
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ISBN
9781780660059
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Language
English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Parenting / General
Health & Fitness / Children's Health
Health & Fitness / Diet & Nutrition / Nutrition
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From the Hardcover edition.
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