28 Jun 2018 What are the Nutritional Needs for a Child to Grow?
Both adults and children require the same types of nutrients however, children require different amounts of these specific nutrients at different ages. As children are growing and developing, it is vital that they are meeting these nutritional requirements to build healthy bodies and to help them be the best they can be.
It is important that your child’s daily diet includes a wide variety of food from the five main food groups:
- Vegetables that include different types and colours
- Wholegrain and high fibre foods e.g. bread, rice, cereal or pasta
- Proteins including fish, lean meat, eggs, legumes
- Dairy: milk, cheese, yogurt
It is also important that children drink plenty of water to keep them hydrated throughout the day!
Sweets and snacks that contain high-fat (e.g. chips, fried food and confectionary) are only classified as ‘sometimes’ foods and should be given in moderation to all children as they offer little nutritional value.
Although it is important not to add fats, salt or sugars to foods for babies and young children, low fat diets are not appropriate for young children especially for those under two years of age, as they are growing so rapidly. Full fat milks, cheese and yogurts should be used for children until they reach two years old.
If you have any questions regarding children’s dietary needs and how that can help or hinder their growth, feel free to book an appointment with our podiatrists today and they can assist you.