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How To Teach Food Serving Sizes To Kids
I don't know how much food my 9mo baby should eat during the day in terms of serving sizes. I think I'm feeding her less.
Food introduction: The general recommendation for food introduction in infants is rice cereal at 4 -6 months, vegetables at 5 -6 months, fruits and fruit juices at 6 months, finger foods & meats at 9 months. A three meal two snack schedule is the usual goal, but adapting this schedule to your family's normal routine should be fine as long as your baby is comfortable and gaining weight appropriately. ...Read more
State of food: What is the state of food in the package? If it's uncooked the label refers to uncooked, if it's cooked, the label refers to cooked. ...Read more
Many many many!: If it grew in the ground, it's probably pretty healthy, including lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, mushrooms....And the list goes on. Meats of all kids are good, but white ones (poultry and fish) tend to be the healthiest. Dairy products are great provided your body tolerates them. With all, try to stay as organic and fresh as you possibly can. ...Read more
See below: A child may certainly have a strong preference for junk food, . An, the child will eat what is bought for him/her, and will eat what they see other people are eating. It does not raise to the level of an addiction. Care takers need to be in charge of the food that is provided. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's for dinner: Set the example of good eating with yourself, what is in your refrigerator and cupboards, what you make available to your family. First steps may include, less fatty snacks, more fresh veggies, washed and cut and easy for the kids to grab when grazing for munchies. Talk about nutrition, appetite, and how to seek information from food labels. Make it fun. ...Read more
celebrate treats: I’m not sure I would agree that kids don't like good food but do agree they can drive you nuts over their requests. I think we all celebrate treats more than average fare we eat & kids are no exception. Since the average toddler only eats robustly 3-5 days a month, their picky nature is often bypassed if you offer their favorite. If the kid is growing well and plays hard stick to the good foods. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Disabled child: If the child is totally unable to eat, as an infant, then a feeding tube is usually placed, through the nose, into the stomach. If the problem turns out to be something that is not going to resolve quickly, then a feeding tube is placed, surgically, directly into the stomach. Occupational therapy should also be a part of care. They can help your child to learn to eat, if developmentally possible. ...Read more
No: As opposed to true food allergy, food intolerance is not well understood or characterized. The best example is lactose intolerance. The mechanism causing food intolerance is not thought to be via the immune system, but often more of a toxicity, or like lactose intolerance, an enzyme deficiency. Other than eliminating and retrying the food, there are no tests, specifically no skin or blood tests. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Plan ahead: Plan meals a day in advance. Grab fruits & vegetables that can travel (mini carrots, celery, oranges, apples, bananas). Nuts and nut butters come in individual serving size packages that travel well and are easy to keep on hand or in car. Have a good supply of healthy snacks such as granola bars or other meal bars that your kids enjoy. Be sure to read nutritional labels and select wisely. ...Read more
Make sure...: ...The dog does not starve. Dog food is not toxic to humans, and is in all probability less harmful than much of fast food, sweets, and processed snacks children may find in the "impulse buy" section of the supermarket. If the dog dish was contaminated with dog feces, diarrhea or worms are possible, otherwise that's not a major concern. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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