Being a new parent is both exciting and terrifying. After all, raising a respectable member of society is a big responsibility! Everything that you do from now till then will definitely have an impact on your child’s future. Scary as it seems, you’re not alone. Mommy bloggers such as Mrs. MommyHolic, Shining Mom, Go Jackie Go, Manila Fashion Observer, TheGoMom, XOXO Mrs. Martinez are all too willing to share their experience-based lessons on raising their children. When moms get together, proper nutrition of their children is one of the top concerns. “ How do I make sure my kid is eating right? What are the things that I need to focus on?" These are just some of the frequent concerns that we would like to help you address.
Here are four interesting nutrition facts to keep in mind.
1. Complementary feeding is essential for your child from six months onwards
Complementary feeding means giving other foods in addition to breast milk. This is important for kids who are six months old and above. “At this particular age, these children grow very fast, hence they need additional nutritional requirements in terms of energy and nutrients,” says pediatrician Dr. Josephine Sunga. “So when you give foods and liquids, (you’re) actually supplying them with more calories, protein, and micronutrients such as iron and zinc.”
2. Solid foods should not displace breast milk
When you start your kid on solid foods, these foods should not in any way replace breast milk. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breast milk remains an important source of nutrients until the child is at least two years old.
3. Your child can seem malusog but may lack certain nutrients
According to the 7th Food and Nutrition Research Institute National Nutrition Survey, 4 out of 10 children ages six to twelve months have iron deficiency. Apparently, the amount of table food your child consumes may not be enough to meet the higher iron needs of children six months old and above. In fact, at six months old, your little one would need 25 times more iron in his or her tiny body. One way you could settle this nutritional gap is by introducing your kid to solid foods rich in iron. Having iron-fortified infant cereals in their meals is one good way to start.
4. Giving your child a variety of foods helps set the right foundation for healthy eating habits.
A variety of solid food introduces your child to different tastes and textures . It also helps your kid get his daily need for essential nutrients, like iron from different types of food. When you “give adequate nutrition or complete nutrition at this age, it sets the right foundation so that your children will grow up to be healthy,” says Dr. Sunga.
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