Your baby’s nutritional status – HealthToday

The importance of good nutrition

that the child is properly fed And having good nutrition is one of the important factors for children to have full growth, good mental health, and proper development. Good nutrition from the beginning of life has a long-term effect on learning in
School age continues through healthy adulthood.

A child’s normal nutritional status also depends on being born to maturity. Birth weight, illness, breastfeeding
At least 6 months, getting enough food by age, both energy and nutrients genetic factors Maternal health during pregnancy and nurturing environment, etc.

How do you assess your child’s nutritional status?

Parents, caregivers, or caregivers Your child’s nutritional status can be assessed by recording and tracking your child’s weight, length or height regularly. on the occasion of having a health check and vaccination The pediatrician will monitor the rate of weight gain, length and head circumference. From the line graph showing continuous growth that it is possible.
suitable or not The growth and nutritional status of your child is generally assessed as follows:

If it is found from the beginning that the child begins to have a nutritional condition that deviates from the norm, such as relatively low weight, relatively thin, or vice versa, is quite heavy. or rather obese should be closely monitored with the attending pediatrician. in order to receive proper advice. in case the child is thin or much lower than the threshold Additional examinations may be required. to find the cause and continue to treat

General principles for children to have good nutrition

Include a variety of foods that are full of energy and nutrients. Train your child to eat vegetables and fruits at the start of the meal.
As you age, eat meat as a source of protein and iron, such as pork, liver, and fish. Vegetable oils such as soybean oil and rice bran oil are a source of energy and essential fatty acids. Breastfeeding for at least 6 months or continuing until 2 years of age together with
Main food for children aged 1-2 years, may be supplemented with modified formula milk continuously. or 2 glasses of plain cow’s milk per day, or you may consider…

Medical food specially formulated for infants and children. It is another option for children with low weight problems.

This will help your child receive proper nutrition and good nutrition. If you start to gain a lot of weight after 2 years of age, low-fat tasteless cow’s milk can be given. Teach your child to eat natural foods. Avoid very sweet, salty, or oily flavors. Drink clean water. Avoid sugary drinks Choose quality snacks. In addition, it is not less important than food intake. For the child to have a good growth is getting enough sleep 9-11 hours a night, not staying up late, having physical activity or exercising. outdoor sun exposure Keep track of your weight and length or height regularly.

References

  • graph showing weight by age criteria height according to age criteria and weight according to height criteria Bureau of Nutrition
    Department of Health, 2015
  • Age-based food guide for babies and toddlers. Office of the Health Promotion Foundation, 2009
  • Bureau of Nutrition, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health. The graph shows the child growth reference criteria. The graph shows the reference criteria for child growth. [Cited 2021 Mar 16]. Available from http://nutrition.anamai.moph.go.th/ewt_news.php?nid=96.

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