• Appointments
    +91 95506 66707

Food and nutrition are one of the most vital pillars on which your child depends for proper growth and development. As a consultant pediatrician with over 10 years of experience, Dr. Tejaswini Namburi advises that in this fast world filled with fast foods, every parent can use some guidance when it comes to choosing the best diet for their child because only a balanced diet can ensure that proper nutrition.

What Is Pediatric Nutrition?

Pediatric nutrition studies different food items and how they affect nutrition in children. It counts for the age, gender, activity levels, health condition, parenting limitations, or any other special requirements that a child might have to find the best diet plan that will help the child grow strong and healthy. For example, infants require more fat in their diet than older children because they need it for brain development. Toddlers need a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats to fuel their growing bodies and provide energy for their active lifestyles. Adolescents require more protein and calcium for their developing muscles and bones. This is why expert guidance is crucial to ensure that the child has a sound immunity to ward off common infections and develops good cognitive ability and behavior. Proper nutrition helps prevent several health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, later in life. 

How To Ensure Your Child Is Receiving A Balanced Diet

As a parent or a caregiver, you will receive a detailed nutrition guide from your pediatrician which will help you devise everyday meal plans for the little one. To give you a general idea, we have noted a few key dietary requirements below:

  • Infant Feeding

Mother’s milk is the best for your baby – it goes without saying. It provides all the nutrients that a baby needs for the first six months of life – no additional food or water is required. If the mother is not producing enough milk, consult breastmilk banks to acquire the much-needed elixir for your child. If not available, sugar-free, pediatrician-recommended infant formula is an excellent alternative.

  • Introduce Solid Foods

Between four and six months of age, infants can start experimenting with solid foods. Start with single-grain cereals, such as rice or oatmeal, and gradually introduce pureed fruits and vegetables. It is essential to give them a taste of everything healthy so that there are fewer chances that they will become a picky eater later.

  • Limit Sugary and Processed Foods

Avoid giving your child sugary and processed foods, such as candy, soda, and fast food. These foods are high in calories and low in nutrients. It is not a good idea to offer them these foods even as treats, especially when they are very young.

  • Food Allergies

Food allergies may or may not be genetic. They may or may not come from a commonly-known source. So, keep an eye out to see if your child develops any rashes, breathing problems, or repeated GI problems – these could be symptoms of food allergies. Talk to your doctor to figure out what the root cause is. 

Remember, pediatric nutrition isn’t about being perfect – it’s about doing the best you can to provide your child with a healthy, balanced diet. Encourage your child to eat with the family. Adopt healthy eating habits as a family and your child is likely to follow in your footsteps. Trust your instincts, and consult your pediatrician if you notice any irregularity. Happy parenting!

Dr Tejaswini Namburi
Consultant Pediatrician

Book Appointment