Toddler Nutrition: How to meet the Nutritional needs of Toddlers

The nutrition needs of a toddler is very different from that of an older kid. A child goes through rapid growth upto 6 years. These early years are the ones when there is maximum growth physically and mentally. Studies have shown that by six years of age the brain attains 90% of its adult size. They get milk teeth, they develop bones and muscles and their brain develops rapidly. In fact, almost 60% of height and 30% of weight gain happens upto 6 years of a child’s age. You can check out the developmental chart and delays in the article we shared earlier.

 

How to meet nutrition needs of toddlers

 

But as most mums of toddlers would confirm, this is also the age of fussy eating and being picky about their food.  Since this is such a critical phase, kids need the right nutrition and balanced diet to support this growth. We get so many queries that children do not eat much, but it is not just enough to make them eat a lot of food. It is also essential that they eat a well-balanced diet which includes optimum amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, fats as well as vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients like DHA.

Issues parents face while ensuring balanced diet intake for toddlers 

Too busy to eat

Toddlers are busy bodies and they are so occupied in exploring their new surroundings that they do not want to sit down and take a break to eat. A lot of times food goes everywhere except where it is supposed to go. It is a common to see mommies and daddies running behind kids with bowls of food.

Fussy Eating

Toddlers are notorious for being picky. They like one thing today and but will refuse it the next day. They might throw a huge tantrum just because you served food for a green coloured plate when they wanted the blue one.

Food habits and choices

Sometimes food choices like vegetarianism and veganism can make it a little difficult to get some nutrients easily specially if the child refuses to have other available sources. For example, choline which is essential for brain development is present in egg yolk.

Not possible to provide a lot of variety every day

Nuclear families mean often busy parents and rushed meals. It is not often possible to make a variety of food every single day with work as well as taking care of a demanding toddler.

What can a parent do to provide balanced nutrition?

One can try many home cooked food items that I have written about in my other blogs but also there is merit in giving some additional health food drinks.

Junior Horlicks is one such health food drink that is tailor-made to meet the needs of growing toddlers between the age of 2 to 6 years. It has been designed Based on WHO’s nutrient guidelines and has DHA, Choline, Iron, Iodine etc. which are important for brain development and function. It also helps in ensuring good health and weight gain with its 50% more protein* and 23 nutrients. It contains immunity supporting nutrients for building immunity in kids and High protein and milk calcium important for bone growth essential for height gain.

 

 

Also, for people who are vegetarian, there is good news that it is completely vegetarian.

I want to sum up by saying that a good health drink can provide supplemental nutrition and fill the gaps in toddler’s overall nutrition due to fussy eating habits. It is best to choose a health drink which has been designed to meet the requirement of this age rather than choosing a drink meant for older children. Do you give a health drink to your child?

Buy your child Junior Horlicks here.

*Basis label claims per daily serve for leading (By Market Share) Health Food Drinks in India
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