Hello Doctor, My baby is 1 year 10 months old,
My baby is 1 year 10 months old, healthy playful and (hyper) active :). Just wanted to point out few things on which your opinion is greatly appreciated.
1. She likes to eat cumin seeds 2-3 times a day....and refuses to stop once she starts eating them. Strange habit I know but something it is :).
2. Her weight is 10 kg - normal for a 2 year old? Would you advise feeding any specific food items to increase her weight if at all? She is still on breast feeding.
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1. Not a cause for concern but try to limit the amount of cumin she gets at her disposal.
2. An isolated figure of body weight does not convey anything. However, 10kg should be fine for this age.
For proper development your child needs the following nutrients:
* Grains: Grains are an essential part of a healthy diet, that offer nutrients and energy for a child's normal growth and development. You must include a wide variety of whole grains and/or high fiber varieties of bread, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles, and oats. You should exclude grains like refined grain (cereal) food products with high level of added sugar, fat (particularly saturated fats) and/or salt/sodium, like cakes and biscuits.
* Fruits and Vegetables: They are rich in colored pigments, water, vitamins and minerals and are also good sources of fiber, sans high calories. A child should consume 5 portions of fruits and vegetables every day.
* Fats and oils: They are an essential part of your kid or teen's diet as they play an important role in the development of your kid's brain, helping them in reaching their maximum growth potential. Fat is used in our body as fuel and helps the body absorb the fat soluble vitamin A, D, E and K. Fatty foods are often associated with overweight, obesity, heart disease and stroke but eating the right fats can provide the body with health benefits. Get your oils from fish, nuts, avocados and liquid oil such as corn oil, soybean oil, olive oil and canola oil.
* Milk and dairy products: They are an excellent source of Vitamin A, D, B1, B2 and B12 and minerals particularly calcium. This is especially important for children and adolescents. A good bone balance can be achieved during childhood and teenage years if borrowing from the bones is minimized and daily calcium needs are met.
* Meat and Beans: Meat, poultry, fish, beans, peas, eggs, nuts and seeds supply many nutrients and are an important part of healthy eating. These foods are a rich source of proteins. Proteins are needed for a variety of functions in your body, therefore, it is important to include it in your diet.
Meat is also a good source of Vitamin B12 and Iron. A diet rich in iron will help to prevent Iron deficiency anemia. This is common condition found in children and can result in having less energy and looking pale. The vegetarian alternatives to meat are soya, beans, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, mushrooms, nuts, and seeds.
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