One of the roles of the Mother to support the growth and development is to always prepare and meet the nutritional needs of your child according to stages of age. It is important to remember, the following is the nutritional needs of your child according to stages of age.
Age 0-6 months
Since the day your baby was born, Mother is recommended to give exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of her life, then continue to be given until she is 2 years old.
Over the age of 6 months
After your child stepped on for 6 months, Mother is advised to immediately provide complementary foods. The nutritional needs of your child at this stage cover the macro and micro.
Macro nutrition needs: carbohydrates, protein, fat, and fiber
Little need food that contains carbohydrates as an energy material for activity. Sources of carbohydrates that you can give are rice, wheat, oatmeal, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and others.
The amount of protein needed by your child is 18 grams per day. The role of proteins is needed to form new cells to support the development process of organs in the body. The best source of protein for Little One is beef, poultry, and beans.
Fat is no less important for the growth and development of the Little One, whose function is to support intelligence.
At this stage, the type of fat that your child needs includes:
Essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 (linoleic acid), with food sources including sea fish such as tuna and salmon, shrimp, walnuts, and olive oil.
- Non-essential fatty acids like omega-9 (oleic acid), which can be obtained from foods such as almonds, avocados, and olive oil.
- In addition to carbohydrates, protein, and fat, Little also needs fiber intake through vegetables and fruit. Both have the vitamins and minerals they need to grow and develop optimally.
Micro nutritional needs Micro nutrients needed by your child include:
- Vitamin A to maintain eye health. Food sources are known to be rich in vitamin A, for example beef, chicken liver, milk and fruits with bright colors.
- Vitamin B complex to stimulate growth, improve thinking ability, supply additional energy, maintain healthy eyes, skin, nails and hair, anti-stress nutrition, increase endurance, repair red blood cells, and increase concentration. One type, namely vitamin B8 or inositol, also has unique benefits, namely improving mood, calming the mind, and reducing anxiety or panic. This is because inositol has the role of serotonin and acetyloline production. Meet your child’s needs through consumption of wheat, beef, oranges, grains, eggs, broccoli, mushrooms, and others.
- Zinc plays a major role in the growth and development of brain function and digestive health of your child. Food sources are broccoli, spinach, and tomatoes.
- Calcium is needed by your child for bone density, optimizing his height, increasing intelligence, and strengthening the body’s immunity, and maintaining the body’s metabolism.
- Iron is needed for the formation of blood cells that help the process of distributing nutrients and oxygen to all organs of the body, as well as to increase nerve activity. Iron can be obtained from beef, leafy green vegetables, egg yolks, fish, and nuts.
In addition to trying her best to meet the nutritional needs of your child in accordance with the stages of age, Mother is also expected to create a pleasant dining atmosphere. Try to make the food. For example, if he doesn’t like vegetables, outsmart by putting them into other food dishes or vegetables that are uniquely formed.