Fussy eaters! Un eaten Lunch Boxes!
We owe children the right to a healthy childhood that supports nutrition based growth and development. But as children grow, they develop their own individual personality, tastes and preferences to everything around them including food. An explosion of new food textures, tastes and combinations can lead them to favour a selection and ignore the others. This can be biased, and we can have a child who is skewed in a certain manner of eating that might not be favourable to his / her health.
It is better to address these patterns early than late.
Children also come with the unique advantage of being experimented and impressionable. And what they learn at this age, is what they hold for life.
ou are always worried if your child will grow as tall as you feel they should. How can you optimise the same, given their physical activities today are far lesser than what it should be ideally and there is no control on their nutrition. Children go through a growth spurt for close to 2 -3 years of their life. Their final growth spurt begins sometime between age 9-15, coinciding with their puberty. During the puberty growth spurt, boys can grow up to 4 inches a year, while girls can grow up to 3 inches a year. (For boys, puberty starts around age 11-12, and completes around age 16-17. For girls, puberty typically begins between the ages of 10-11, and is usually completed by age 15-17.). It is important for parents to focus on the right nutrition before and during the growth phase to maximise the child’s growth potential.
The change in the nutritional needs during growth spurts and may be different for each child. A baby needs more calories in relation to size than a pre-schooler or school-age child, and the greatest caloric intake is required during puberty/ growth spurt time.
At Qua Nutrition, our team of expert Paediatric nutritionists will provide a customized nutrition plan for your child, designed according to his/her specific activity, lifestyle, culture, taste and liking. Your child will be an integral part of this designing team so that we are sensitive to his/her choices. Based on your child’s input, we will provide your child with the nutrients that will help your child get the best all round development and height and ensure that your child also licks the last morsel of the plate!