Are you concerned that your child isn't receiving the proper nutrition that they need to grow and develop? Here at Kid's Health Alliance in Ocala, FL, our pediatricians support parents and aid in their understanding of children's nutritional needs—read on to learn more.
Here are some facts to get parents started:
Just like most things, your child will imitate you. So you need to consider incorporating the following into your diet as well if you're not already doing so.
Choose healthy proteins, like seafood, lean meat/poultry, eggs, beans, soy products, and unsalted nuts and seeds. Encourage children to eat fresh produce, like fruits and vegetables. This could also encompass frozen and dried fruit as well, but avoid fruit juices—they contain sugars and other preservatives that you want to keep away from your child. When it comes to vegetables, give your child a variety of dark green, red and orange vegetables, beans, and peas.
While everything in moderation should be a key concept, you should still limit your child's intake of added sugars, like brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, honey, and others.
So, what about fats? Well, there are healthy and unhealthy fats. Unhealthy fats are saturated fats and trans fats. Saturated fats come from red meat, poultry, and full-fat dairy products, while trans fats contain partially hydrogenated oil. While, again, everything should be in moderation, try to provide your child with healthy fats founds in olives, nuts, avocados, and seafood.
Need more help?
There are online resources that tell you more about your child's required caloric intake and nutritional intake according to their age. While this will help establish a general framework, you should still consult with a pediatrician at our Ocala office before making any drastic decisions, especially when you don't yet know if your child has certain food allergies or unknown diseases, like diabetes.
If you want to learn more about your child's nutritional needs, be sure to contact your pediatrician at Kid's Health Alliance in Ocala, FL: 352-237-5400.