Ok – he’s not a baby anymore, he’s almost four. But if he doesn’t eat more, he might just stay baby! The nurse at the clinic wasn’t happy with me: “a child this age should grow, not stale!” Ok, thanks – like I didn’t know. What am I suppose to do if he doesn’t eat what I cook? It’s not like I haven’t try 1000 recipes…
So I decided to kill to bird with one stone and use my course in Aromatherapy in order to find something for my “baby” to cure his appetite… naturally.
Let’s look at the options together and I’ll keep you posted if there’s any progress.
First, I try to search the “lazy way”. I search for the term “appetite” in my Aromatherapy PDF course and see what comes up:
- Artemisia.. hmmm sounds promising. Translation: absinthe. Ok. Oh, also: not recommended for children. So we forget this one.
- I only have one more option that way: Citrus Aurantium. Sounds innocent enough. No counter-indication – good. “Only external usage”. What does it mean again? A quick google search tells me: “apply a dab of Citrus Bliss, cardamom, bergamot or ginger essential oil with a cotton swab onto clothing or protective covering at mealtime; near the nose.” Not too hard to do, I guess. To explore.
It should be noted that when it comes to aromatherapy, we can not just buy the essential oil we need at the pharmacy and apply it. First, you need a quality oil and then you have to make sure you handle it with care. Very often, it is mixed with another oil, such as olive oil, to reduce the danger on contact with the skin. It is always better to ensure that you have the help of a professional, or to finish your courses at the AMCC!
I mention in passing the existence of a rather interesting website on this subject: nutritionists in pediatrics (in French). The tips we find touch both holistic nutrition and medicine for children – complete content! Here are some tips for baby’s appetite:
- meals must be given at regular times
- the parents decide on the food put at the table
- food is put in the center of the table so everyone sees and has access
- we do not hide in meals food that the child does not like
- you have to put at least one food on the table that the child likes
- from time to time parents can cook for each child according to their preference
- we do not judge the quantity or quality of food that the child puts in his mouth
- we accompany the child in his meal without putting pressure on him.
Phew! it does not hurt but in the end you have to respect the child, who knows his appetite and knows how to listen to his body. Of course, you should not spend hours in the kitchen so that each child has what they want at each meal, but we can and must often make exceptions so that everyone can find something for them.
Enjoy your meal!
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