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Feed Your Child Right (0-2 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.
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.

This is the period when your child’s growth rate is at its peak, when he goes from being completely reliant on breast milk (or formula), to being weaned onto semi-solid food, and then graduating to solid foods as a toddler.

If you are breastfeeding, don’t forget to take a good post-natal folic acid vitamin. What you eat is what your child will eat, so eat healthily, avoid caffeine and alcohol, and make sure you get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. After you wean your child, it’s important to make sure he gets enough iron and calcium to ensure strong teeth, muscles and bones. You can also supplement his diet with fortified cereals and plenty of milk.

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