Adequate nutrition is critical to an infant’s overall development and growth. The first few years of an infant’s life are crucial because optimum nutrition during this time promotes greater development. Every child is unique, and they develop at their own pace.
However, in order to maintain excellent health, it is critical to understand how to properly feed a child. Just as what a child eats is essential, so is when they eat it. Dr. Latha Sashi, Chief Nutritionist, spoke with HT Lifestyle on how to make a child’s dinner healthy. “Complementary food is required when breast milk (or infant formula) alone is no longer sufficient for nutritional and developmental reasons.” For an infant under the age of six months, exclusive nursing (only breast milk) is sufficient. “Complementary feeds, or solid meals that supplement breast milk, must be introduced gradually into the infant’s diet,” she stated. She went on to say that after 6 months is the best time to introduce supplementary foods.
One food at a time, according to the health expert. She even cautioned that the infant might spit the food out at first before swallowing it.
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The importance of consistency cannot be overstated.
If you’re starting complementary feeding after six months, go for a liquid consistency. Slowly thicken the meal consistency as the child’s teeth mature. Give your baby solid foods by the time he or she is 1.5 years old.
Say no to processed and pre-packaged foods.
Many parents start offering their children cookies, chips, cold drinks, and other manufactured foods to develop taste and eliminate the effort of cooking. They are dangerous and can lead to obesity and other health problems in children.
Breastfeeding should be continued for at least two years.
Even after introducing complementary foods, a mother must continue to nurse her kid on a regular basis. According to the MoHFW, a mother must breastfeed her child for at least the first two years of their life to ensure appropriate physical and cognitive development.
Make a colourful bowl for your child.
A child’s diet can be supplemented with a variety of veggies and fruits. It will not only make their bowl seem nice, but it will also help them get the most nutrition out of it.