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How to Help Your Loved One if They Won't Eat
Oct 06, 2014

It can be an issue if your family member doesn’t eat or won’t eat.

Here are some possible causes:

  • Short Attention span.

  • Distraction.

  • Confusion.

  • Physical impairment.

Here are some ways to help:

  • Be sure you’re dealing with a true lack of sufficient calories and nutrition not a fussy eater or small appetite.

  • Rule out physical problems by checking with the doctor.

  • Avoid coaxing and cajoling.

  • Serve meals and snacks at consistent time.

  • Allow plenty of time for meals so that the person does not feel rushed.

  • Help the person focus on the meal at hand.

  • Highlight the plate and cup by putting them on a contrasting solid placemat.

  • Avoid patterned dishes or coverings as they may be distracting.

  • Focus more on protein that perfect nutritional balance.

  • Don’t serve foods that are too hot.

  • Look into programmes that deliver a hot meal each day.

Source: Caring.com