About Essential Nutrition Actions at Critical Stages in the Life Cycle of Women and Children
Young Children from one year to three years
Continue with good eating habits started at six months. As your baby nears their first birthday he/she will be able to eat what the rest of the family is eating. Ensure that the food is chopped into manageable, bite-sized pieces.
Try to ensure that your child eats at least two hot, nutritious meals a day. Don't leave meals until your child is overtired or too hungry.
Try to give healthy snacks between meals like fresh and dried fruits or raw vegetables, yoghurt and bread sticks. Offer your child lots of fresh, safe water to drink between meals to help the body work more efficiently. Offer fruit juices with meals to avoid tooth decay.
Avoid un-pasteurized dairy products, soft eggs and under-cooked meat/fish to prevent food poisoning. Don't be tempted to add too much salt and spices as this places an enormous strain on children's' kidneys which have not developed enough to cope.
Cut down highly sweetened foods and soft drinks which contain colouring and preservatives. These can cause severe health problems. Some E number additives like E102, E104, etc. have been linked with behavioural problems in children.
Good habits can be established early: Encourage your child to wash their hands before they eat anything.
6 March, 2016