Nutrition for Babies
Infant nutrition means making sure your baby is getting enough nutrients during his first year. Nutrients are calories, protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals. Making sure your baby has good nutrition can protect him against disease. It also helps him stay healthy as he grows older.
The toddler years are a time of transition, especially between 12–24 months, when they’re learning to eat table food and accepting new tastes and textures. Breast milk and formula were perfect for your child as an infant, but now it’s time for toddlers to start getting what they need through a variety of foods.
Feeding Your Preschooler – Ages 4 to 5 Years
Poor nutrition compromises both the quality of life of school-aged children but also their potential to benefit from education.Attaining optimal nutrition involves eating three meals a day and two nutritious snacks, as well as limiting the intake of high sugar and high fat foods. Consuming generous amounts of fruits, vegetables, lean meats and low fat dairy products, including three servings of milk, cheese or yoghurt to meet their calcium requirement, can also prevent many medical problems. This includes becoming overweight, developing weak bones, and developing diabetes.
Adequate nutrition of school aged children will also ensure they grow to their full potential, and provide the stepping stones to a healthy life.
With the teen years come a tremendous amount of changes. Your teen will grow emotionally, functionally, and intellectually, developing a sense of independence, identity, and self-esteem.
Your teen will also grow physically, increasing their need for calories and nutrients. Helping your teen develop a positive relationship with food will go a long way in guiding him to become the healthy, self-reliant adult you want him to be.
Girls go through a growth spurt around the age of 12 and boys around the age of 14. Whether your teen feels too gangly or too fat, it’s important to take the focus off your teen’s body and instead aim your teen’s attention on the joy of eating well and eating healthy.