Childrens’ nutrition is important to their overall health. Proper nutrition can prevent many medical problems, including becoming overweight, developing weak bones, and developing diabetes. Good nutrition helps children develop physically and mentally to their full potential. Importantly, developing good nutritional habits in childhood will help maintain these into adulthood.
Some General Nutritional Advice
- Eat a variety of foods.
- Choose a diet with plenty of grain products, vegetables, and fruits.
- Emphasize food low in fat, especially saturated fat, and cholestero
- Moderate the use of sugars and salt.
- Choose a diet that provides enough calcium and iron to meet childrens’ growing body requirements.
Set a Good Example
While your children are young, they need to develop good eating habits that will last their lifetimes. Mealtime is the ideal opportunity to set an example by creating a positive atmosphere in which healthy food attitudes can be developed. Healthy eating habits and exercise should be a regular part of family life. It is much easier if everyone in the house follows these guidelines than if your child has to do it alone.
Introduce a Variety of Foods
- It is best to introduce only one new food at a time.
- Serve the new food with familiar foods.
- Encourage the child to taste a new food but do not coax the child to eat it.
- If the new food is rejected, accept the refusal calmly and try again in a few weeks.
- Never use food as a reward or punishment.