Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: michelle | 2009-12-14

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healthy food

Can you please help me i need to know which food is healthy for my son he is two years full

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Paediatrician

Your son should be on a full mixed diet at his age. He should be eating the same kind of food as the rest of the family eats. Be sure to give him only healthy foods.

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Posted by: michelle | 2009-12-14

thank u so much that really helped

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Posted by: Purple | 2009-12-14

At this age, your child should be eating a wide variety of foods, just like an adult does.

Remember though that children only have small little tummies, so they battle to sit down for three big meals and it is better for them to have six or seven smaller meals during the day.
Breakfast, mid morning snack, lunch, mid afternoon snack, supper, and if still hungry, a before bed and teeth brushing snack too.

Children should drink lots of water, and if you give fruit juice, it should be watered down - one quarter juice and three quarters water. This is healthier on teeth and it is also much cheaper as the juice will last a few days. Avoid fizzy drinks and avoid squashes.

Children and adults should eat lots of pasta, rice, potatos, bread, sweet potatos, couscous, cereals without added sugar (e.g. wheetbix) and so on.
Plenty, plenty, plenty fruit and vegetables. AT this age, veg are not favourites, so give loads of fruit. Try to give at least 3 - 5 portions of fruit or veg or both each day. One portion is aobut the size of the eaters palm. If you can afford to, have each portion being a different fruit or veg, if you can' t, aim just to give one fruit and one veg per day - but a few portions of each.
Your child should also have yoghurt, cheese and milk. At this age, full cream is best, but low fat isn' t a problem. Ideally though, they should be on the full cream until just before starting primary school.
Fats and oils should make up the smallest portion.

Sweets should be an occassional treat, not an every day thing. If you like to give a sweet everyday, make it one wine gum or two smarties after supper.
Don' t give sweets as rewards for good behaviour or to comfort your child.

Sweets and sugar won' t make your child hyperactive, this is been soundly disproved, but too much sugar and too many sweets and chips and biscuits and chocolate and cake etc aren' t good for anyone. Moderation is the key with everything, and that includes sugar.

What I do with my son is also not to stress too much if each meal is not perfectly balanced. I look at his whole week to see that he has had a balance diet in good proportions of the different food groups over the whole week. It takes a lot of the stress from putting each meal together.

Remember also that your child will be hungrier on some days than others. this is normal. If your child is not hungry, don' t force them to eat. Just take the plate away. When he is hungry, if the food was something that could keep, give it to him, if it was something that couldn' t be kept, then give something else.

Don' t make your child finish what is on the plate, aim for at least one mouthful of each thing on the plate.

Here is a suggestion for a good day' s meal for your child:

Breakfast
jungle oats or wheetbix
sliced banana on top
(i put a spoon of sugar on these)
a cup of watered down fruit juice

Water in a sippy cup available all day, topped up and ice added as the day goes on.

mid morning snack
egg with toast soldiers
watered down fruit juice

lunch
halved grapes, a few slices of pear, balls of watermelon, a few cubes of gouda cheese
watered down fruit juice

afternoon snack
yoghurt, a few slices of peach
watered down fruit juice

supper
pumpkin, potato, peas, steamed chicken breast cut into cubes
watered down fruit juice

late snack
peanut butter sandwich, 2 slices of cucumber

I breast fed at this age, but was busy weaning so he had sips as he wanted them while we were at home.
Once he was off the breast, I gave him a sippy cup of parmalat first growth milk at bed time as we read a story together.
I gave cows milk on his porridge and cereal after he reached a year, prior to that I used breastmilk.

If you don' t have nut allergies in your family, you can give nuts at this age, but watch your child carefully in case they choke. I will only start giving peanuts when my son starts school - they can slip down so easily and I know someone who got a peanut lodged in her lung as a child and had endless problems till it was finally discovered.
Some poeple don' t like to give peanut butter before age 3, but I don' t have peanut allergies in my family, so I gave peanut butter on bread from when my son was 9 months old.

Hope that helps. I used to so enjoy preparing my sons food. Now he is 5 and eats with us, so it' s not quite so much fun anymore. Still, I love doing his lunch box.

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