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Suggest ideal diet for a 3 year old

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Posted on Thu, 14 May 2015
Question: Hi Doctor,

My Son is 3 years old. He takes 1 glass milk at 6.15 a.m, 2 Dosas or 3 Idlis(made of rice batter) at 10.00 a.m, 2 Rotis(made of wheat) with pulses at 2.30 p.m, one bowl cornflakes with milk at 4.30 p.m, a tomato and a carrot soup at 5.30 p.m and 2 Rotis or rice at 8.30 p.m
Is the diet sufficient for him?

Could you please help me on this.
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Answered by Dr. Arun (20 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Good enough. Add oil ghee, fruits and vegetables

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for writing to us.
From your description it looks like your son is getting enough carbohydrates and protein.
What you need to add
1. Ghee or oil to each food including idli dosa roti. Try poori which is good in calories.
2. Instead of a fixed menu I recommend my patients and for my own kids to give variety of foods. No need to cook separate separately for kids. You can give them what you have for meals three times a day.
3. Fruits all seasonal, and vegetables should be given atleast two servings each every day. This would give them vitamins minerals and fibre which is very important in kids.
4. If possible add eggs or soya to give more protein in diet.
5. What is his current weight and height and birth weight? This will give an indication if he is growing well.
Wishing your child good health.
Regards
Dr Arun

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Brief Answer: Good enough. Add oil ghee, fruits and vegetables Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for writing to us. From your description it looks like your son is getting enough carbohydrates and protein. What you need to add 1. Ghee or oil to each food including idli dosa roti. Try poori which is good in calories. 2. Instead of a fixed menu I recommend my patients and for my own kids to give variety of foods. No need to cook separate separately for kids. You can give them what you have for meals three times a day. 3. Fruits all seasonal, and vegetables should be given atleast two servings each every day. This would give them vitamins minerals and fibre which is very important in kids. 4. If possible add eggs or soya to give more protein in diet. 5. What is his current weight and height and birth weight? This will give an indication if he is growing well. Wishing your child good health. Regards Dr Arun