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Early Childhood Nutrition

Nursing 2 - Human Development Ma'am Merle Mejico BS Nursing

Izra Mananguit

on 6 January 2011

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Transcript of Early Childhood Nutrition

Research shows that healthy eating habits in young children can translate to healthy eating patterns as adults. The best early childhood nutrition for infants is breastmilk. It has been shown to promote brain growth, maternal/child bonding, and also cuts down on illnesses in the first few years of life. Breastfeeding experts now believe that babies benefit most when they are allowed to nurse for one year. The deal with Parents Focusing on healthy early childhood nutrition is an excellent way to promote good lifelong dietary habits. In the second half of the first year, one can also introduce solids. Once solids are introduced, most babies will eat anything offered. Start offering foods with high vegetable content, as a way of increasing good early childhood nutrition. INFANTS Six to Twelve Months One Year Old Once a child is eating primarily solid foods, good early childhood nutrition is based on the food pyramid. These include a recommended five servings of vegetables, six servings of grain, and two servings of dairy DAILY. When children are lactose intolerant, consider yogurt with active cultures, since it is easier to digest A great deal of concern in early childhood nutrition is the way children may develop allergies to food. Peanut allergies seem to be one of the greatest concerns. Some experts now recommend not adding peanut butter to children’s diets until they are at least two years old Try for small portions, and snacks throughout the day, since children tend to need to eat every two to three hours because of their much faster metabolisms Experts in early childhood nutrition warn parents not to get angry or attempt to force-feed a child who is not interested in eating. Parents should offer their children a variety of foods and act as role models by eating a variety of foods. Parents need to provide a structured, pleasant mealtime environment to help their child develop healthy eating behaviors. Parents are responsible for what, when, and where the child eats; children are responsible for whether they eat and how much they eat. REFERENCES

<a href="http://social.jrank.org/pages/440/Nutrition-Early-Childhood.html">Nutrition - Early Childhood</a> Trouble with food? Varying color, textures and tastes in foods can also help turn picky eaters into happy eaters. Children eat small portions, and one can measure servings by considering the size of the child fist. Food fight? It is normal to offer the child a new food five to ten times before he will try to eat it. A food that a child likes one day may not be one he likes the next day. Children may also eat a lot one day and very little the next. This is normal behavior for a child and parents should not worry that the child is not eating enough. By maintaining a positive attitude during the feeding process, and when children make food messes, you can help your young child develop a healthy emotional attitude toward the process of eating that will serve him or her throughout life. NUTRITION
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