Mother's milk is the safest food for a newborn, and till six months, a baby should only get it (only then they'll gradually move towards complete food). In India, food usually given to children after six months of birth includes cereal-based porridge and lentils etc. But even after this, your child may need many nutrients and vitamins. Apart from this, it is also necessary to increase the diet of the child with increasing age and to check the food of the child for safety. Also, it is essential to take care of fruits your child is eating, vegetables he does not like and how his attitude towards junk food is. Keeping these things in mind, today we will tell you five such things, which every parent should take care of while choosing food for their newborn baby.
These five things to keep in mind when choosing a diet for young children
Take care of sugar and salt
After six months, when your child starts eating and drinking, then you should keep a ratio of both sugar and salt in their food. Often, children with raw diet have a recommendation from doctors to protect them from products with excess sodium and sugar. Keep in mind that instead of sugar, you can add sugarcane juice, fructose, maple and corn syrup to them. Because from the beginning, if you are giving high sugar foods to the child, then it can cause problems of obesity, dental issues and flatulence in the child. Besides, the child is meeting his daily sodium requirements by breastfeeding, so he does not need to give extra sodium (that is, salt) while also providing other vegetable and grain-based supplements.
Children require certain nutrients for the development of specific functions such as the brain or certain tasks such as immunity. Therefore, the child should eat such things from the beginning so that they get the necessary nutrients like omega-3, iron, calcium, vitamin-D and vitamin-B12 etc. These elements can help in the child's brain and early development. Calcium will strengthen a child's bones, while vitamins provide the child with a sharp eye and brain. Keeping all these things in mind, make the baby eggs, lentils and vegetable soup etc.
Keep artificial colour and foods away
Children like colourful food, but it can be harmful to them. Artificial Foods Colors contain many hazardous chemicals, which can make them a victim of many diseases. Use of artificial food colours can cause behavioural disorders such as ADHD in children. Apart from this, the child can also have many other diseases related to enzymes. For this, keep in mind to keep the child away from chocolates, candies, colourful drinks.
Choose baby fruits
Offering vegetables in front of your child at an early age may not be entirely right. So choose baby fruits for your child as it increases the vitamin and mineral content in the body. Also, do not let children consume fructose too much. In this way, you gradually make the children aware of the taste of fruits and vegetables. You can create new kinds of things by using fruits and vegetables and feed to children. Sometimes you feed them cassatas made of fruits and sometimes a tasty juice.
Choose traditional food
For the good health of your children, you must give them traditional food. That is, homemade coarse cereal pudding, even if the rotis made from lentils are sometimes made of poppy milk and soup. In the same way, you can give fruits and vegetables in different ways to the child using the traditional food recipe. Along with all this, take special care of one thing that children should be allowed to eat as many seasonal fruits and vegetables as possible.
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