Child Nutrition from 4-6 years
4 to 6Years
This is the age at which you keep reaches full development of his brain. From this age, your child will grow more physically that the pace of his mental development. Physical development needs enough blood circulation along with nutrients. Let you kid play. Although candies, fast-food, chocolates will fill your playful kids small hunger pranks, it will not provide the right amount of nutrients, vitamins & minerals need after a hard play. Any of these deficiencies may result in deficiency of D3 (Bone weakness, non development, including bone marrow resulting in low RBCs), deficiency of B3 (neuralgia, which results in lack of co-ordination, concentration, low grasping of simple concepts), deficiency of B12 (lack of muscle growth) and deficiency of Iron (Anaemia).
The diet at this age should include all essential minerals like iron, calcium, all vitamins and should also have enough protein.
Suggested breakfast should include three food groups
|Grains and cereals||Milk and Milk products||Fruits & Vegetables|
|All Indian breakfast items||Egg- in any form, Milk -150 ml||All Seasonal fruits and vegetables|
|Paneer, soy paneer, tofu, cheese|
Cereal: Cereals are essential for normal growth and development. It includes rice, pasta, and variety of breads, noodles and oats. It should not have high level of added sugars, saturated fats, salt.
Fats & Oils: These are essential part of child’s development as they help in absorption of fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K in the body. E.g.” corn oil, soybean oil, groundnut oil etc.
Milk and Milk products: These are necessary for bone development. These provide Vitamin A, D, B1, B2, and B12 & Calcium
Fruit & Vegetables: They are sources of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Water in them is also a very important nutrient which aid absorption of vitamins & minerals
Meat & beans: They are a major source of protein. Meat is a good source of B12 and iron. Vegetarian alternatives for B12 include soya, all sorts of beans, milk, cheese, curd, nuts, seeds etc.
I am Madhura Virendra Shah. I am clinical nutritionist. I have done Msc (Dietetics) and post graduate diploma in sport science and nutrition. I have 4 years of experience in this field. My past experiences include working with Army Sports Institute, consulting at ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) Government of India etc.