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Feed Your Child Right (3-4 years)

​As a parent, you want what’s best for your child — and that includes making sure he gets the nutrition he needs to develop into a strong and healthy person. Nutrition does not only affect your child's physical development, it also influences his cognitive and neurological development.
 
“Children who don’t get proper nutrition may run a risk of stunted growth and delayed brain development, hampering their cognitive growth,” says Ms Jenny Ng, principal dietician and CEO of Mind Your Diet, a nutrition consultancy.
 
THROUGH THE YEARS
Your child's nutritional needs will change as he grows and develops. Here is what you can expect at different stages of your child's life, from birth to age six.


 
As your toddler becomes more independent, he will develop certain likes and dislikes when it comes to food. Still, it’s important to make sure he eats a balanced diet every day, supplemented with a good child multi-vitamin. Nowadays, such multi-vitamins are available in a range of chewy/gummy sugar-free flavours, so you should be able to find something for your picky eater!

Many parents think that children at this age need a lot of energy, but while fat can provide a good source of energy, it’s essential to provide good fats such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats instead of unhealthy saturated fats. Avoid too much fatty meats, and feed your child more seeds, nuts, avocados and oily fish instead – think salmon, tuna, mackerel and so on. This is also a good time to cut down the fat levels in his daily serving of milk – try switching to milk fortified with calcium.



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