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Child Nutrition

You know that proper nutrition is very important for your child's growth & development but you are not sure about which foods are especially nutritious for a young child like yours.

Steer through the articles to find out how to keep your child healthy and full of vitality. If you have a fussy eater, learn how to get him to eat all the wholesome foods his body requires.

Fussy Eaters

My daughter hardly eats. I run after her, take her to the park, use pranks, force or even 'bribe' her to eat but she still doesn't. What should I do? I am totally frustrated and worried.

Questions like these seem to be a major concern for most parents with young children. Relax, you are not alone. Many children have eating difficulties at some point after the age of one or two. Although it is a real worry, in most cases, the child doesn't truly even have an eating "problem". It may be that a child who previously ate anything and everything you put in his or her mouth has now learnt to discriminate. He or she has finally developed a personality of his or her own that can assert for itself.

The important thing to remember is that children will eat when they are hungry; unless they have a medical problem. If a parent has become preoccupied by a child's eating, the child can learn to control or "blackmail" the parent through it by eating or not eating. Often the first sign of illness is a loss of appetite.

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Juices

Fruit juices are considered as popular drinks amongst pre-schoolers and many mothers are keen to offer juices anytime to their children. The biggest virtue of fruit juices is that most children accept them with eagerness and love to drink them. They help in providing instant energy. However, excessive intake of fruit juices may lead to obesity and dental caries due to their high sugar content. Some of the packed or tinned fruit juices are not nutritious as they are sugar based syrups with merely 10% fruit juice or essence of fruits. Seasonal fruit and vegetable juices with their nutritional virtues are listed below:

Pomegranate Juice

This is packed with natural polyphenols and thus possesses antioxidant properties. Pomegranate juice is also rich in phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

Orange Juice

Orange juice is a good source of Vitamin C, which acts as a natural antioxidant and thus helps in maintaining the integrity of one's immune system.

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