Today we are going to analyze the importance of good child nutrition during the growth phase of the child. Food has an impact on both physical and intellectual growth, hence the importance of a healthy and balanced diet. Food plays a very important role in people’s health. It is essential that during childhood, children have a good diet and learn to eat properly.
The importance of good child nutrition
It is during childhood that eating habits are established, and if they are not established correctly, they will be very difficult to change. With proper eating routines and a healthy lifestyle, we will reduce the chances of the child suffering from certain pathologies in adulthood. In addition, we will avoid nutritional disorders, anemia, overweight or obesity. Childhood is the stage of life where most changes occur, both physical and intellectual, and therein lies the importance of child nutrition.
In general, it is recommended that the diet of the youngest children be rich in cereals, fruits and vegetables, and low in saturated fats and salt. Although in smaller quantities, eggs, dairy products and fish should also be consumed. Limiting the intake of red meat and meat by-products, and incorporating water as an essential beverage in daily meals, are other tips for children to follow a healthy and balanced diet.
Foods with empty calories such as sugar or industrial pastries should be restricted. They provide a lot of energy but few nutrients and can be harmful if taken in excess. In the short term they can cause tooth decay and in the not too distant future, overweight or obesity.
It should be borne in mind that each child is different and their diet may vary according to their needs. More and more children are allergic or intolerant to various foods. If we find ourselves in this situation, the best thing to do is to turn to a professional in child nutrition. The expert will elaborate an exclusive menu, after having studied the case, so that the child can follow a healthy diet by substituting some foods for others.
Other factors that influence a child’s growth
Having a healthy lifestyle during childhood determines that children grow and develop healthily. Regular physical activity is also very important for children’s health. Experts recommend limiting children’s time in front of the TV, tablet or computer. This suggestion is to curb sedentary lifestyles and promote exercise during childhood.
It is recommended that children sleep between 8 and 10 hours a day. Establishing a sleep schedule for children is another key for them to grow up healthy.
Consequences of child malnutrition
An inadequate diet is not only detrimental to growth, it is also associated with nutritional deficiencies such as a lack of vitamins. The risks of an unbalanced diet can manifest themselves throughout life. Obesity or other related ailments such as diabetes or cholesterol can be caused by childhood malnutrition.