Child Nutrition (Balaposhanam)
The basic components of nutrients are proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. These are required in smaller amounts for children. The amount of nutrients required will be different in different stages of growth. A balanced diet containing fruits, vegetables, milk, meat etc. can be recommended for the child. Food items containing added sugar and trans-fat should be avoided.Dr.Gupta’s IAFA delivers all that your child requires for a healthy life through Ayurveda. IAFA is the apt center to enrich your child with the strength of Ayurveda.
Nutritient Rich Food For Babies
Following nutrient rich food can be suggested for ensuring proper child growth.
- Protein: Egg, cheese, peanut butter, fish, nuts, seeds etc.
- Carbohydrates: Cereals, milk, beans, potatoes, brown rice, fruits etc.
- Vitamins: Fish, Milk, Carrot, Tomatoes, Oranges, Whole grains, Dark green leafy vegetables etc.
- Minerals: Milk, Cheese, Egg, Small fishes, Green leafy vegetables, Dried fruits, Banana, Legumes, Nuts etc.
A balanced combination of all these nutrients will help in the proper physical and mental development of the child.
Ayurvedic Reference of Child Nutrition-Balaposhanam
The nutrition required for child up to the age of one year can be divided as 0-6 months and 6months to 1 year.
- 0-6 monthsUp to the first 6 months of age breast milk should be the only food, as much as possible.
- 6 months – 1 year
Beyond the age of 6 months, up to one year, fruit juices can be given. More Iron and Zinc containing food like nuts, dried fruits, green leafy vegetables etc. can be preferred.
Ayurveda suggests administration of prepared snacks with fruit pulp of Priyala (Buchanania lanzan), Yashti madhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra), popped rice etc. Different preparations are advised according to the digestive power of child. Ghee preparations like Saraswatha Ghrtha, Maha saraswatha Ghrtha, Ashtanga Ghrtha, Vachadi Ghrtha etc. are said to be effective to improve intelligence, memory, speech, digestive power etc. Also, Ayurveda emphasizes need of maternal well-being in ensuring good nutrition to child. Mother should take nutritious food so that baby gets enough milk. Also, Ayurveda highlights the mental health of mother as an important factor that ensures the quality and quantity of milk. Mother should be devoid of mental stress, sorrow, anger, excess strain etc. Meat soup, milk, Jivanti ( Leptadenia reticulate) etc. help to increase breast milk in mother.
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Nutrition during Pre-school Age
During pre-school age, appetite may rise and fall and the child should be nourished accordingly. Quality is to be ensured than quantity of food. Calcium rich food like milk, soy milk, sardine fish, cereals etc. has to be included in diet. Also, fruits, vegetables, whole grains etc. which are packed with fiber are also essential for proper digestion and bowel movement.
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist