Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Chrissie | 2012-12-12

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20 month old daughter and fruit

Dear Doc

My 20 month old baby girl is very healthy. She weighs 9.8kg. She eats her porridge in morning (has a formula bottle early morning and late evening), lunch she has a cooked meal of chicken, potato, butternut, broccoli with a yoghurt for dessert. Evenings she eats a bit with us (we eat very healthy).

My question is that she LOVES fruit, but I am just concerned that she might eat too much fruit. She has daily a banana, a cup of grapes and a cup of blue-berries! That is all snacks that she has (we don''t give her sweets and biscuits, just maybe on a weekend something like that).

Maybe I am worried about nothing............just want to make sure if excessive fruit can harm in any way, or let her gain weight unnecessary.

Thanks Doc.
Chrissie

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

The average wight for a little girl of 20 months is 10.6kg. Your daughter's weight is on the 25th percentile line of the children's weight chart, putting her in the lower 25% for weight for little girls of her age.She is probably following a family pattern here as all appears well with her health and diet.She appears to be a healthy and happy child. Eating fruit is good. Some children of this age cannot tolerate too much of the naturally occurring fruit sugar called fructose that is found in fruit, but your daughter shows no sign of this. Give her a bit more variety with the fruit she eats, especially with the wonderful summer fruits now available. Otherwise her diet appears to be fine.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012-12-12

Variety is the important thing, and it sounds like she is getting a good variety of foods and not only fruit. My children also eat a lot of fruit, and a lot of veg and a lot of meat :)

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