You can see your child’s physical growth - their height increasing, weight gain. But did you know your child is growing even in ways that you may not be able to “see”? How do you track such growth and keep it on the right track? Your child grows faster in the first 5 years than at any other point in their lifetime. Ensuring complete nutrition at this age gives you the assurance that your child is on track, not just physically, but in their all-round growth.
Here’s how to ensure that your child’s nutrition keeps their development on track:
For Cognitive Development
From birth to 5 years, your child’s brain develops more than at any other time in life - it reaches around 80% of adult size by age 3, and 90% of the final size by age 5. Your child learns the alphabet, numbers and colours. Iron is essential - children who receive enough iron perform better in school.
• To give your child a boost of iron, mash and mix spinach or beetroot in your child’s rotis to make the rotis look “green” or “pink.”
• Include Vitamin C-rich oranges, tomatoes and bell peppers - Vitamin C helps the body absorb Iron.
• Fulfil 37% of your child’s daily Iron needs with just one bowl of Nestle Ceregrow, a nutrient-dense cereal made with the goodness of 5 grains, 5 fruits and milk.
For Physical Growth
By the age of 5, your child has attained twice their height at birth. And your child gains roughly 2 kg every year from age 2 until puberty!
• Proteins are the building blocks of your child’s growth - they play a role in muscle growth, cell development and tissue repair. If your child refuses to eat protein-rich foods like eggs, hide them in tasty wraps or sandwiches.
• To support rapid bone growth, your child also needs Calcium and Vitamin D. Beans and leafy greens are rich in Calcium. Trick your child into eating these foods by mixing them into tasty curries, dips or patties.
The immune system continues to develop until the age of 5 years, which means that your child needs to build their immunity during their early years.
• Vitamins A, C and E strengthen the immune cells that guard against infections, while B Vitamins help develop immune responses.
• To fulfil their vitamin needs, your child needs 4-5 servings of vegetables and 3-4 servings of fruits per day, but their small appetite might make it difficult to fulfil these needs. That’s why you should include nutrient-dense foods which give them a greater amount of nutrients.
Whether it’s your child’s physical growth, immunity or cognitive development, nutrition lies at the center. Unfortunately, their small appetite makes it difficult to fulfil the high nutrient needs. That’s why it’s essential to give your child nutrient-dense foods that will fill any gaps in their nutrition. Add a bowl of nutrient-dense cereal like Nestle Ceregrow, made with the goodness of fruits, cereals and milk. With no preservatives or artificial flavours, just a bowl a day will fulfil 44% of your child’s daily needs of Vitamins A, C and D!
Remember, your child’s nutrient needs are really high, so filling their tummy alone will not do - make sure you are meeting their nutrient needs too. To give yourself the assurance that you are meeting all their nutrient needs, make sure your child eats a variety of foods, especially fruits and vegetables in various colours. And with a bowl of Nestle Ceregrow a day, give yourself the assurance that you’ve filled not just their tummy but also left no gaps in ensuring their healthy growth and development.