Food in childhood: what to know

Parents often suffer from several doubts related to their children’s food. To add or not to add sweets, fruits with peel and harder foods? Solving these, and other issues, is essential to a child’s healthy development.

Babies and Peeled Fruits

The peel concentrates a large part of the fruit’s nutrients, so whenever possible, it is important not to remove it. However, it is important to wash food properly to eliminate pesticide residues that may be accumulated in it.

Sweets and quantities

In large quantities, sweets only tend to cause harm to health. It is recommended that the overweight child consume this type of food only twice a week. Those who are of the right weight can ingest them a maximum of three times.

Can late dinner affect children’s sleep?

Eating fatty foods can make sleep nights more restless, which is due to delayed digestion. During sleep the body tends to work more slowly, and the presence of heavy foods can further impair this act. Feeding the child about three hours before bedtime is most recommended.

Hard foods are great allies

More consistent foods, such as pieces of carrot, tomato, cucumber, among others, help to strengthen the muscles of the mouth and also stimulate chewing. They can be added little by little to the child’s diet.

Coffee should be avoided

Despite being a common drink in homes, it is not so suitable for children, because it can cause restlessness in the little ones.

Shouldn’t children under 2 eat seafood?

Allergies and food poisoning are major risks for children under the age of two, and the consumption of seafood can increase the chance of these accidents.

Consultation with the pediatrician

Taking questions with the doctor is the best option. The specialist can advise on feeding, indicating the right time to add each type of food to the child’s diet.

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