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Saira Khan admits she feels like a ‘bad mum’ to daughter who refused to eat

Saira Khan admitted that she feels like a "bad mum" to daughter Amara who she struggled to get to eat properly.

While fellow Loose Women panelist Nadia Sawalha told her not to be silly, but Saira insisted that she felt "so bad".

The panel had speaking about how they dealt with their children if they were being "fussy eaters"

She began by saying: "I'll tell you what the problem with that was that I had Zac, my first born – piece of cake. No problem at all!

"He was eating olives at the age of two, garlic, this that. And then I had Amara. I go back and think I wonder if it's because I didn't carry Amara, Amara was adopted."


Saira adopted Amara with husband Steven Hyde in 2011 from an orphanage in Karachi, Pakistan when she was just four days old.

"I don't know what her mother ate," Saira continued. "I don't know what the diet was but it was, and only until very recently, she's eight now, it has been a real struggle.

"Because first of all she has a tiny tummy, she's teeny, and that's why I'm anxious because I need her to get all of the nutrients. But she used to go like this at the dinner table…"

Saira began gagging as she mimicked her daughter.

She continued: "And you're like, 'Oh my goodness!' And then it became a controlled thing because she realised that I became anxious at meal times, so she'd be like 'uh uh'. She'd literally refuse. It was a real battle for wills."

Nadia jumped in to ask: "Did you offer her something else if she ate more?"

Saira replied: "No I didn't do that but then I did the worst thing – [I said] 'If you eat that then I'll give you some puddng' and I look back and I feel like a really bad mum."

"Don't be silly!" Nadia exclaimed.

"No I do, I just feel so bad," Saira replied.

*Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV

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