Like adults, children need a wide variety of healthy foods including fruit, vegetables and protein
How much food a child needs will depend on their body size and activity levels.
From birth right through to their late teens or even early twenties children will continually grow and develop, and good nutrition is the fuel for this development and good health.
CHILDREN AGES 1-3 YEARS
These early years are an important time when food habits are being developed, and often retained throughout life. Food should be nutritious and it should also help meet the social, cultural and educational needs of the children.
The best thing you can do as a parent or guardian is to offer your child a variety of foods from all different food groups.
Day-to-day and meal-to-meal appetite can change and they can be quite fussy but ensure you are adding food from the following food groups:
Limit foods and drinks like cakes, lollies, chocolate, hot chips, and sweetened cordials, soft drinks and sports drinks.
CHILDREN AGED 4 – 8 YEARS
According to the specialists, the daily food intake requirements for children of this age should be approximately:
- 1 ½ serves of fruit
- 4 ½ serves of vegetables
- 1 ½ to 2 serves of dairy
- 4 serves of grains
- 1 ½ serves of lean meat, nuts and legumes
Children also need lots of water especially on hot and humid days. Avoid drinks like flavoured milk, packaged fruit juices, sports drinks and soft drinks.
If your child’s diet is full of nutrients this will give them a head start on their oral health journey.
To learn more on dietary guidelines for children, contact the experienced team at Trembath Dental today.