Pediatric Diet for Children and Infants

Pediatric Diet

The infant will grow faster in the first year of life than in any other time of it's life. The growth of babies and children is a reflection of the adequacy of their diet and is the single most important factor in the evaluation of nutritional status.

The infant's birth weight doubles in four months, from approximately 7 to 14 pounds, and another 7 pounds is added in the next eight months. By the end of the first year, the growth rate has decreased and the weight gain during the upcoming year may only be 5 to 7 pounds.

Unlike the formula fed baby, the infant who is breast fed does not need supplements. Breast milk and the infant's own internal energy stores will meet most of the nutritional needs for the first 6 months of life. Exceptions to this could include vitamin D, fluoride, and iron supplementation.

General Recommendations for first Foods for Infants

Children's Daily Food pattern for Good Nutrition

Children 1-3 years of age

Children 4-5 years of age

Children 6-12 years of age

Snacks that Promote dental health of Children

Emphasize These Foods for children

Discourage The Following Foods for children

Food Portions for Children

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