Channel the Power of Nutrition for Proper Growth of Children!
The infancy period of a baby is the most crucial time of their life. It is when they develop the most. knowing what to feed the baby during those twelve months and how to care for it is a must know phenomenon. While we learn with time, it is no harm to know about the nutritional and developmental process of the baby.
The importance of children’s nutrition:
Children need proper nutrition during their blooming years. In order to get them to eat healthily, it is the caregiver’s duty to nurture their eating habits to enhance their mental and physical development process. If a child is prone to a bad food habit, the result will clearly show in their development. Hence, keeping tabs on what they eat, their physical activities and their mental ability are very important aspects of child growth that needs to be supervised closely for the best of the children.
Why is improvising more important than supervising?
Most children are fussy eaters and tend to leave unfinished meals every single time. No matter how tasty and healthy the food is, they will make a fuss about it. which is why, to make it easy, caregivers tend to supervise a child’s food intake. But let’s face it, do you think supervising help?
Let’s take a story about a parent who willingly shared her experience with Health First, so caregivers around the globe wouldn’t feel guilty, but pleased to find a better way.
My baby was born 6 lbs, with a head full of bushy hair. She was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen. Anyway, my baby was healthy for the first two months, but soon she became fussy about everything. Be it food, her daily walks, toys, baby cot, everything seemed to upset her. Sadly, baby language has not yet been deciphered and even though I responded to her whims, I couldn’t understand her needs completely.
Soon she was six months old, ready to eat semi-solid food. Well, her whims had gotten worse by then. She would hate to be fed. the only thing she consumed was breast milk. But, due to my medical health, I had to stop feeding her.
I hired a nanny, thinking maybe an unfamiliar face would help her eat her food than me supervising it at all hours. That didn’t work either.
To my dismay, I began searching for answers online and one fine day I found the best solution to my baby’s nutrition and development process, replace supervision with improvisation.
Thereon, I began to improvise my approach towards my baby’s care. I began to play with her for her to engage in physical activities. Replaced plain food to colourful veggies and plated them nicely and told stories while feeding. Engaged with her during learning sessions, made her believe its fun, no matter how silly I looked. I began to improvise everything around her.
This made her believe she was not alone and that I or the nanny was always with her, taking every step together like her. Weird as it sounds, I feel my baby daughter felt secured and with time adapted to a healthier lifestyle.
Today, she’s five, healthy and beautiful.
(As narrated by her)
What should a child’s daily diet contain?
There are nine important nutrients that every child must intake during their blooming years. They are as follows:
- Protein: Protein filled food help a child grow as the bodybuilding nutrients. E.g. Meat, Poultry, etc
- Fats: The best source of energy in our body, it helps the body to use nutrients properly. E.g. Fish, Nuts, etc.
- Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are an important energy source of our body. E.g. Cereals, Bread, etc.
- Calcium: Calcium helps to build bones and teeth in children, and is an important element in blood clotting, nervous and muscles functions. E.g. Tofu, Broccoli, Spinach, Yogurt, etc.
- Iron: An important nutrient for blood formation and carrying of oxygen to every part of the body, Iron is very important. E.g. Whole grains, Liver, Nuts, etc.
- Fibre: Fibre in food helps produce smooth bowel regularity on children and helps reduce any chances of heart diseases and cancer. E.g. Seeds, Lentils, Chickpeas, etc.
- Folate: Folate is important for consumption for soon-to-be moms as it is very important for kids’ growth and health inside the womb and outside. E.g. Black kidney beans, Brussel Sprouts, Asparagus, etc.
- Vitamin A: It helps in a child’s growth and eyesight of children. E.g. Cabbage, Egg yolks, Carrots, etc.
- Vitamin C: It helps me fighting off the common cold, strengthens blood vessels, build stronger bones and teeth and helps to heal wounds.
Well, these are the best nutrients every child need. If a child is well taken care of, and given the proper amount of nutrient, they will grow healthily and show good signs if development.