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Nutrition Tips for Toddlers, Preschoolers, Grade-schoolers, and Teenagers

September 13, 2016 in Effective Parentingby admin
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A boy enjoying his meal

 

Nutritional needs for children differ with time and age. To ensure your kids thrive well in all aspects, it is your responsibility to care and pay attention to the nutritional needs of your child. A balanced diet is crucial no matter whether your baby is a toddler, preschooler, grade-schooler, or teenager.

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Nutrient deficiencies have become pretty common and cause uncommon problems. Your modern diet may lack several vital nutrients, let’s explore some of them, one by one:

  • Protein – Kwashiorkor, a severe form of malnutrition that can occur due to lack of protein in diets. Include meat, poultry, fish, egg, peanut butter, milk, and protein-rich supplements in your diet.

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  • Iron – The consequence of iron deficiency is Anemia. Therefore, do include spinach, beans, nuts, dry fruits, meat, and iron-fortified foods in the diet.
  • Iodine – Enlarged thyroid gland (goitre), mental retardation, and developmental abnormalities occur due to lack of iodine in food. Usage of Iodised salt is one means of accommodating Iodine in the diet.
  • Vitamin A – World’s leading cause of blindness is Vitamin A deficiency. Include Vitamin A rich foods in the diet to fulfil its requirements. Such as orange and yellow fruits and vegetables, Red Palm Oil, Liver, sweet potato etc.,

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  • Calcium– Osteoporosis, a fatal bone disease in which bones become fragile, is the outcome of calcium deficiency. Therefore, include calcium-rich foods in your diet such as boned fish, dairy products, dark green vegetables, and so on.
Girls eating healthy food
Girls eating healthy food
  • Magnesium – Abnormal heartbeats, fatigue, asthma, depression are the outcomes of the lack of magnesium in diets. Thus, it’s better to recognize its importance and include it in your child’s diet.

Multiple nutrients play a crucial role in the integrated development of the child. A well-planned and balanced diet can fulfil all the needs of your young champ!

Let’s take a glance at the nutrition tips for a toddler, preschooler, grade-schooler, and teenager.

Nutrition Tips for Toddlers (1-3 years)

A toddler is a child between the ages of one and three. Between the ages of 1-3, a child starts using spoon (though proficiency takes a little while) for self-feeding and shows eagerness to make food choices.

See below table to get an idea of feeding toddlers.

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A kid eating curd
A kid eating curd
Food Groups Servings for 12-24 Months Servings for 24-36 Months
Milk 1 – 1½ cups (whole milk) 2 cups milk (low-fat milk)
Protein (eggs, beans, peanut butter, small fibres of meat, poultry, and boneless fish) 2 ounces protein 2-4 ounces protein
Grains ( wheat bread, pasta, and rice) 1 ounce = 28 grams (at least half whole grain) 5 ounces grains (at least half whole grain)
Dairy Products 1 cup full-fat yogurt, or 1 – 1½ ounces soft pasteurized cheese 1 cup low-fat yogurt, or 1 – 1½ ounces cottage cheese
Iron-fortified cereals (barley, oats, wheat, and mixed cereals) As per RDA’s
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As per instructions
Fruits (well-sliced) 1 cup fruit 1 – 1½ cup fruit (fresh, frozen, canned, or dried)
Vegetables (finely cut and well-cooked) 1 cup 1 – 1½ cup vegetables
Pure fruits and vegetable juice 4 – 6 ounces per day 4 – 6 ounces per day
Honey As per instructions As per instructions

Nutrition Tips for Preschoolers, Grade-Schoolers, and Teenagers (14-18 Years)

Gradually, children start developing strong opinions (likes and dislikes) about food. Let your child explain what he/she wants to eat. Permit them to eat what they want but within boundaries. Strive to provide balance and also motivate your child to make healthy choices. Parents are the direct role models for their young ones. Resorting to healthy food choices, regular intake of water and healthy liquids, adequate sleep, modest exercise are an inevitable part of a healthy eating regime

Little girl with glass of milk
Little girl with a glass of milk
Nutritional Needs For 4-8 Years For 9-13 Years For 14-18 Years
Calories Girls: 1,200 – 1,800*
Boys: 1,200 – 2,000*
Girls: 1,400 – 2,200*
Boys: 1,600 – 2,600*
Girls: 1,800-2,400*
Boys: 2,000-3,200*
Protein Girls: 3 – 5 ounces
Boys: 3 – 5.5 ounces
Girls: 4 – 6 ounces
Boys: 5 – 6.5 ounces
Girls: 5 – 6.5 ounces
Boys: 5.5 – 7 ounces
Fruits Girls: 1 – 1.5 cups
Boys: 1 – 2 cups
Girls: 1.5 – 2 cups
Boys: 1.5 – 2 cups
Girls: 1.5 – 2 cups
Boys: 2 – 2.5 cups
Vegetables Girls: 1.5 – 2.5 cups
Boys: 1.5 – 2.5 cups
Girls: 1.5 – 3 cups
Boys: 2 – 3.5 cups
Girls: 2.5 – 3 cups
Boys: 2.5 – 4 cups
Grains Girls: 4 – 6 ounces
Boys: 4 – 6 ounces
Girls: 5 – 7 ounces
Boys: 5 – 9 ounces
Girls: 6 – 8 ounces
Boys: 6 – 10 ounces
Dairy Girls: 2.5 cups
Boys: 2.5 cups
Girls: 3 cups
Boys: 3 cups
Girls: 3 cups
Boys: 3 cups

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