Growth and development during infancy and childhood occurs at a very rapid rate so it’s important to ensure that suitable levels of nutrients are available during this important period. Picky eaters and children with food allergies/intolerances provide a special challenge for parents. While each child will follow their own growth and development or ‘milestone’ pattern, all children follow the same stages of development, in the same order.
Children’s nutritional requirements
The food environment is something that parents can control, particularly when it comes to healthy eating habits and nutrition. Children’s nutritional requirements can vary widely, depending upon their age, rate of growth and their level of physical activity. Consequences of poor nutrition include failure to thrive, intellectual difficulties and childhood obesity. A nutritional deficiency may take weeks or months to emerge and can lead to serious health problems, both now and in the future.
In Australia, children tend to be deficient in, or have low levels of:....Read More