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If your kids are regularly feasting on junk food, they are missing out on important nutrients. Here're some tips to help parents meet the nutritional requirements of kids needed for their proper growth
Does your child love gorging on cheese burgers and potato fries? No wonder! Most kids gobble up chocolates, pizzas and sandwiches but say 'no' to healthy and nutritious food. Therefore, it is essential to inculcate healthy eating habits in kids early on and give them a balanced diet to ensure their proper growth and development.
But to do this you need to have a good understanding of infant nutritional requirements and nutrition charts for different age groups. Mentioned below are some tips to help parents fulfill the nutritional requirements of children aged 1-5 years.
Nutritional requirements for 0-6 months: Until babies are 4-5 months old, breastfeeding is the ideal way of providing nutrition. Not only does breast milk fulfill their nutritional requirement but also boosts their immunity. Any transition to other sources of nutrition should begin only after a baby is six months old.
Nutritional requirements for 6-12 months: Although babies can be breastfed until they are 12 months old. After your baby completes six months, breast milk can be supplemented with fresh fruit juices like orange, sweet lime extracted at home. Also, it is better to feed a 6-month-old baby from a cup instead of a bottle.
Nutritional requirements for 1-5-year-old children:
The following chart outlines the daily nutrition requirements of children who are 2-5 years old.