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    Worried about your child's eating habits? Check out nutritional food requirements for 0 to 5-year-olds

    Sherly Ganesh Sherly Ganesh 2 Mins Read

    Sherly Ganesh Sherly Ganesh


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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

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    Worried about your child's eating habits? Check out nutritional food requirements for 0 to 5-year-olds

    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 newborn baby to 5-year-old kids

    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:

    • Infants and young children can self-regulate the number of calories they need. Therefore, consider demand feeding and avoid overfeeding young children.
    • While offering foods to children, parents should consider their overall nutritional value rather than focus on any one nutrient.
    • Kids under three years of age require foods that are rich in fat. They need at least 27 g of fat every day compared to 25 g required by 4 to 6-year-olds.
    • Keep kids away from processed food items.
    • Consider a variety of foods to fulfill the body's requirement of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamin B12, iron, zinc and other nutrients.
    • Ensure that the diet provides the optimum number of calories needed for proper growth and development.
    • Encourage kids to engage in at least 40-60 minutes of vigorous physical activities that increase their heart rate. Some such activities are jumping, dancing and running.
    • Offer fruit juices and milkshakes to kids who don't like eating fruits.

    The following chart outlines the daily nutrition requirements of children who are 2-5 years old.

    Nutritional Food Requirements For Newborn Baby To 5-Year-Old Child


    Standard Cold Pressed Oil Jul 29 2019

    After one year growing babies are take this food as healthy one.

    Sherry Thomas Jul 20 2018

    I just can't believe the irresponsibility of recommending fruit juices to 6-month-olds! No wonder the world's children are in the shape they're in with auto-immune disorders and diabetes through the roof. This angers me. They should NOT be getting that amount of sugar and most juices will be too acidic for their underdeveloped systems. At the very least it should've recommended the juice be severely watered down and organic, as all the pesticides/herbicides will be concentrated in the juice. When you look at the recommended allowance for sugar and the amount a baby would get in a day if they are given juice, you will see that it's way too much. The other glaring problem with giving juice is that this is a time when babies need to start eating food and as we all know, sugar will signal to the brain that the stomach is full. My Granddaughter was a terrific eater until her Mom introduced juice. It was an instant reaction that she could not eat even half of the amounts she previously ate. No young child needs a milkshake either. Whipping frozen bananas will give them the same thrill without the sugar and lactose. This is extremely irresponsible and I hope you retract this article.

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