Ensuring your child has a healthy diet is vital for their growth and development. If you need help determining your child’s nutritional needs, the Northeast Pediatric Associates PA team can help. They offer expert advice and dietary evaluations at their offices in Castroville, Schertz, and San Antonio, Texas. To find out more about children’s nutrition and how to make sure they eat a healthy diet, call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.
Nutrition is all about the food your child needs for good health and growth. Children need to have the right amounts from each of the main food groups:
Children also need the right balance of micronutrients, like vitamins and minerals. Micronutrient deficiency can affect how well your child grows and have lifelong consequences for their physical and mental health.
Your provider at Northeast Pediatric Associates PA can use a simple blood test to check your child’s micronutrient levels. They also assess your child’s development against the recommended age milestones and evaluate their general health and well-being.
Poor nutrition can cause problems like:
A child whose nutrition is inadequate is far more likely to develop health problems in later life, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and stroke. Many of these are due to obesity in children, which remains an increasing problem in the United States.
Feeding your baby breastmilk is the best possible start they can have in life and should be their primary source of nutrition for the first six months. As they start eating solid food, try to introduce them to lots of different fruits and vegetables and make their diet as varied as possible.
Children need plenty of protein for growth, dairy for strong bones and teeth, and healthy fats for normal development. If they’re eating a wide range of foods, they should be getting adequate nutrients. Avoid excessive quantities of carbohydrates (sugary foods like cakes and cookies), which don’t provide much nutrition but cause weight gain and tooth decay.
As children grow older, they can become fussy about what they eat. If you’re having difficulties getting your child to eat a nutritious diet, the Northeast Pediatric Associates PA team offers advice and support. They also provide parents with all the information they need about nutrition to make the best food choices for their children.
To find out more about healthy diets for children or schedule a nutritional evaluation, call Northeast Pediatric Associates PA today or book an appointment online.