General

Does the mother's mood affect the child's appetite?

Does the mother's mood affect the child's appetite?

Mothers who experience tension, distress and restlessness due to their own emotional problems may reflect this situation to their children and as a result a mutual action-reaction mechanism comes into play. The unwillingness of the baby to feed makes the mother more anxious, tense and restless. In this mood, the mother either extends the eating process or stops it early, which causes the child to become more nervous and nervous. Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Gökçe Küçükyazıcı talks about scientific research on the subject:

• A 2004 study showed that mothers who had eating problems with their children had reduced growth-promoting behaviors such as intimacy and contact with their children.
• Other studies have shown that children with such problems spend less quality time with their mothers and play less games.
• It is known that when children are forced to eat certain foods by their parents because they are more nutritious, the interest in eating that food decreases.

Gökçe Küçükyazıcı continues: This type of coercion may cause problems in the perception of signals such as hunger and satiety in children. One of the mistakes made by some mothers during feeding is that the child tries to feed the child even though he / she can eat himself and he / she reflects the anxiety of the child to his / her hands and the environment. Such behaviors may prevent the development of the child's sense of autonomy, as well as increase the level of anxiety and grumpy children. It should not be forgotten that there is an intense emotional bond between the mother and the child, and the mother's concern is transmitted to the child.

As a result, the mothers of babies with eating problems should first learn to cope with their own anxiety and distress, increase their non-food sharing with the child, prevent their children's autonomy from developing and ensure that a certain eating order is included, including their own. Oluş