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Nutritional advices


Basic advices for this age:

 

Allow your child to eat solid foods as much as he/she needs. He/she controls the quantity; you (the parent) control the quality.

 

You are advised to offer your child at least one meal containing fruits &/or vegetables &/or salad, at least another meal containing animal proteins (other than milk and dairy products) e.g. egg, fish, chicken or meat (all better boiled and mashed). These are the two essential meals for your child at this age in addition to breast feeding (or formula feeding in some children). He/She should have these two meals at least 5 days a week regularly.

 

If your child is not receiving these essential meals for more than 2 weeks in a row you need to contact the doctor or 2356 for advice including vitamin and mineral supplementation. Cereals and carbohydrates are allowed but are not daily essentials. Note: Better avoid cereals containing milk if your child is breastfed.

 

Better avoided foods include milk (until the age of one year) and dairy products including yoghurt and cheese for all those who were exclusively breast fed (until the age of nine months); salt and sugar (until the age of one year); oranges and citreous fruits until the age of 8 months.

 

Never force or threaten your child to eat. You just offer him/her to eat the right choice of food then leave to him/her to decide when to eat and how much to eat. On the other hand, if he/she refuses do not allow other unnecessary foods (sweets, fried potatoes..etc). Be patient, it might take few days until your child eats the proper food you are offering.

 

 

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