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Nutrition To Foster Your Child's Cognitive Development

Vandana Chawla, Sr. Nutritionist


Dec 19, 2018 | 3 : 00 PM to 4 : 00 PM

Want your child to do better in every aspect of life be it school, sport, music or just about any other hobby? Take a close look at Nutrition! Register now to Chat Live with our award winning Nutritionist, Vandana Chawla to know how to ensure adequate nutrition to help your child boost their cognitive growth, improve brain function, memory, and concentration.


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hello madam my son is 5rs old he is very slow at his studies does not concentrate on studies but....

hello madam my son is 5rs old he is very slow at his studies does not concentrate on studies but he like outdoor activities he is very hiper active does not sit at one place,pls madam suggest me the foods wt to eat n wt r foods to avoid ,foods wt to feed him for his brain n memory development.

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Hello Sandhya, Keeping your child alert, active and yet more attentive, will help in improving his learning skills. To improve your child's concentration, attention span, include some brainy foods in his diet.Foods that contain brain building compounds like Antioxidants, Healthy fats like Omega 3, choline & Healthy carbohydrates plus proteins, Iron, Zinc are all Brainy foods. These help in baby's learning, improves his attention span, memory and thereby helps in improving baby's IQ. These nutrients, comes from foods like whole grains, (ragi, jowar, bajra, oats), nuts and seeds, egg, meat, beans (like rajma, channa, soybean), all colored fruits and vegetables , like spinach, carrot, orange, pumpkin, sweet potato and of course dairy, that is milk, paneer and curd. Start the day with a healthy breakfast. Do not let the child go to school without breakfast, if he goes without breakfast, he will be very slow and lazy in the first half. Breakfast should include, milk, cereal, fruits & eggs. . If the child is hungry in first half he will not be able to concentrate well, plus he will be fussy, irritable and may get hyperactive. In addition avoid foods rich in sugar and unhealthy fats, as this can make child a slow learner and even hyperactive. Excess sugar is found in foods like juices, health drinks, soda beverages, fruit yogurt, while unhealthy fats are found in fries, burgers, fried snacks, fried foods available in market etc 2018-12-19 15:08:03
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hello dr my daughter is 3 year old..what should i do for her sharp brain..??

hello dr my daughter is 3 year old..what should i do for her sharp brain..??

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Currently I’m 33 week and 2 days but I’m so confuse what month I’m in 7or 8 it’s really confusing be....

Currently I’m 33 week and 2 days but I’m so confuse what month I’m in 7or 8 it’s really confusing because everyone said different month😞

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Hi Swastika, Do not get worried or stressed, you can check with your doctor about your delivery date. The delivery date is usually calculated from LMP, i.e, last menstrual date. Hence, your doctor will be able to help you on this. Be it 7th or 8th month, you are now in the last trimester of pregnancy, Eat 5-6 small meals in a day. Do not keep yourself starved or Do not keep long gaps between two meals. Include Healthy carbs in every meal, like whole grain breads, cereals, ragi, jowl, atta and dal flour.Include proteins in every meal in the form of meals, dals, beans, egg/meat & dairy like paneer or cheese/dahi. Drink atleast 2-3 cups of milk in a day. Include Nuts and seeds and eat handful in a day, mainly in between meals whenever hungry.Include variety of fruits and veggies. Avoid taking fruit juices and emphasise more on whole fruits. Avoid eating processed, ready to eat and junk food containing excess of salt, sugar and unhealthy fats.Include some light exercise in your daily regime. 2018-12-19 15:14:41
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Hello mam, my son is 4years old and his weight is 20kg, also a bit taller than children of his class....

Hello mam, my son is 4years old and his weight is 20kg, also a bit taller than children of his class. Is his height and weight normal or should they be controlled. If yes, suggest me how to control them.

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Hi Annapurna, For children above 2 years of age, both height and weight are checked to know child's BMI and also weight for height which will give an accurate assessment of child's growth. As long as your child is active, alert, good learner, doing well in school, is eating well plus not falling sick so often then all is fine, do not worry. At this age your kid should be taking 2-3 cups of milk and 4-5 small meals. Make your kid’s diet rich in healthy carbs, proteins, B vitamins, iron and calcium. Healthy carbs and B vitamins will give him energy Health Drink; include foods like whole grain cereals, oats, daliya, ragi, jowar, bajra,breads, fruits and veggies. Proteins will help to build up his muscles and stamina, plus will satisfy his appetite for long time, so give egg (3-4) in a week, lean meat, dals, and beans, like, rajma, channa etc. Finally milk, yogurt and cheese will give him calcium, proteins and many other nutrients, which are vital for his growth and activity..try adding powdered nuts and seeds. Lastly, avoid adding sugar or including sugar rich foods as this may reduce his appetite for healthy foods, may result in overweight or obesity and can also slow down your child both in terms of physical and mental activities. 2018-12-19 15:20:41
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my daughter is 2 years 4 months only... she is a fussy eater.... what should be her right diet char....

my daughter is 2 years 4 months only... she is a fussy eater.... what should be her right diet chart for her brain development.... her weight is 11 kg 900 gm.... is it right weight for her..

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Hi Meghrai, As per WHO Growth charts your baby's weight should be 12.1gm, so she is just doing fine, do not worry. Regarding her food intake, kids at this age become very fussy and picky eater. They need variety in food and they want food in an attractive way. Also they prefer small meals not full plate of roti, sabji, dal, rice. Give them small nutrient dense 5-6 meals in a snack form in a day. To improve baby’s appetite, offer more of finger foods, which can be mainly sandwiches cut in different sizes, made with whole wheat Bread, cheese/paneer or veggie sticks or prepare omelet or pancake/paratha with different variations and cut it into different shapes with biscuit cutter. Offer milk as milk shake, smoothie with many varieties of fruits and veggies. Try to serve foods in an attractive manner. Be patient and offer small amounts in every feed. Avoid giving too many liquid calories like juices. Keep a gap between liquid and solid feeds. Avoid foods with added sugar like soda drinks, health drinks, juices, biscuits, cookies etc as these can affect her learning plus reduce her appetite for healthy foods. 2018-12-19 15:24:59
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Hi Mam, my baby is 6years old, I have two issues with my baby 1. Her concentration in her studies an....

Hi Mam, my baby is 6years old, I have two issues with my baby 1. Her concentration in her studies and2. continuity in developing new habits. I couldn't understand that whether she forgets her lessons or she is facing any stress on her education? I am slowly getting her ready to do her small tasks her own i am planning it but everytime she does it 1or2 days only, not continuing... plz help to sort out my problem.

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Hi Sushma, Optimum Nutrition & Learning further helps to develop the Brain structure. So a child needs both a well balanced whole some meal containing of brain building compounds and a good learning environment. You are already working very hard on providing him with the best of learning resources. For foods, Compounds like Antioxidants, Healthy fats like Omega 3, choline & Healthy carbohydrates plus proteins, Iron, Zinc are all Brainy foods. These help in baby's learning, improves his attention span, memory and thereby helps in improving baby's IQ. These nutrients, comes from foods like whole grains, (ragi, jowar, bajra, oats), nuts and seeds, egg, meat, beans (like rajma, channa, soybean), all colored fruits and vegetables, like spinach, carrot, orange, pumpkin, sweet potato and of course dairy, that is milk, paneer and curd. Make sure you include these and at the same time avoid sugary foods and foods rich in trans or unhealthy fats a this can make child slow, inactive and can affect his learning. To get more advice on how to improve his learning ,we will request you to consult our expert in this field.Follow the link https://www.parentune.com/expert-corner/education 2018-12-19 15:29:21
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How can we know whether whether brain development is.proper or.not as my daughter is only 4 years .

How can we know whether whether brain development is.proper or.not as my daughter is only 4 years .

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Hi Arika, If child is alert, active, has good attention span, follows your advice, has good concentration then all this indicates that all is fine. Basic structure of your child’s brain is laid down by genetics. Optimum Nutrition & Learning helps develop the structure. So a child needs well balanced whole some meal containing of brain building compounds like Antioxidants, Healthy fats like Omega 3, choline & Healthy carbohydrates plus proteins, Iron, Zinc are all Brainy foods. These help in baby's learning, improves his attention span, memory and thereby helps in improving baby's IQ. These nutrients, comes from foods like whole grains, (ragi, jowar, bajra, oats), nuts and seeds, egg, meat, beans (like rajma, channa, soybean), all colored fruits and vegetables, like spinach, carrot, orange, pumpkin, sweet potato and of course dairy, that is milk, paneer and curd. Make sure that you include these foods in your daughter's diet. in addition keep foods rich in sugar or trans fats off the plate or avoid them as they can this affects her learning and attention span. Foods rich in sugar can also result in Hyperactivity in some kids. 2018-12-19 15:32:41
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hello ma'am...my daughter is 4.3 ...her immunity is very low as every now and then she has cough .......

hello ma'am...my daughter is 4.3 ...her immunity is very low as every now and then she has cough ...and inspite of giving all the medicines she gets it back again.....i also nebulize her in cough...this happens in every 15 days...she also has constipation..plz suggest ma'am what should I do...do she need proper diagnosis or some tests... plz help ma'am whom to consult...

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Hi Rinki, Colds and coughs are common in young children. Exposure to germs and fighting them helps kids develop their immune systems. Cough treatment should aim to keep your child hydrated, relaxed, and sleeping well. It’s not important to try to stop the coughing itself. Including fluids like warm water, warm milk, rava kheer, porridge, daliya or warm custard, dal/veggie soup will all keep her well hydrated. Give them more often. Honey is a natural sweetener, has antibacterial properties and has a soothing effect on throat.Add it to warm milk along with turmeric to give relief from cough. If child has been falling sick again & again , then try getting her Iron and Vit D levels tested. Deficiency of Vitamin D can also weaken immune system & low iron levels can also trigger infection and in case of deficiency child should be put under appropriate supplementation. Regarding constipation, make sure you include finer rich foods like nuts, dates, prunes, raw veggies and fruits and beans like rajma, channa etc. All these are immunity boosting foods as well. So they will help in both boosting your child's immunity as well as in treating constipation. Lastly avoid foods with added sugar as this can lower down her immunity and put her at a risk of getting infection faster. 2018-12-19 15:40:36
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my baby is 2 yes and 4mths old n she us not framing a sentence..she says mom n dad n alphabets if we....

my baby is 2 yes and 4mths old n she us not framing a sentence..she says mom n dad n alphabets if we teach. she use to wtch lot of animations..is that the cause for delay in speech?

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Hi Saranya, By age 2 babies are able to say 2 word short sentences, like ‘I go’...You can always help him by talking to him in long sentences like if he says Milk, tell him to say, Mumma I want Milk.. Do not use baby speech, don’t interrupt when he is speaking, give opportunities for him to speak read out books with sentences and ask him to repeat and so on.. Soon all will be fine. You can also share your concern with Experts in Education field.Kindly follow the link https://www.parentune.com/expert-corner/education Regarding foods, Compounds like Antioxidants, Healthy fats like Omega 3, choline & Healthy carbohydrates plus proteins, Iron, Zinc are all Brainy foods. These help in baby's learning, improves his attention span, memory and thereby helps in improving baby's IQ. These nutrients, comes from foods like whole grains, (ragi, jowar, bajra, oats), nuts and seeds, egg, meat, beans (like rajma, channa, soybean), all colored fruits and vegetables, like spinach, carrot, orange, pumpkin, sweet potato and of course dairy, that is milk, paneer and curd. All these will keep your child alert, improve her concentration plus her attention span. All this will help in her learning. 2018-12-19 15:43:33
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my kid is 2 yrs 7 mnths is it correct age to send him school.he doesn' t speak properly but he spe....

my kid is 2 yrs 7 mnths is it correct age to send him school.he doesn' t speak properly but he speaks k , he can understood everything.in this time wat is the brain develop can u expln plz.

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Hi Harikumar, If your baby is developing well in other areas, likes he is active, playful, responding well to you, asks for food or toys then there is less to worry. By age 2 babies are able to say 2 word short sentences, like ‘I go’...You can always help him by talking to him in long sentences like if he says Milk, tell him to say, Mumma I want Milk.. Do not use baby speech, don’t interrupt when he is speaking, give opportunities for him to speak read out books with sentences and ask him to repeat and so on.. Soon all will be fine. Foods that contain brain building compounds like Antioxidants, Healthy fats like Omega 3, choline & Healthy carbohydrates plus proteins, Iron, Zinc are all Brainy foods. Include them in his diet.These will help in baby's learning, will improve his attention span, memory and thereby helps in improving baby's IQ. These nutrients, comes from foods like whole grains, (ragi, jowar, bajra, oats), nuts and seeds, egg, meat, beans (like rajma, channa, soybean), all colored fruits and vegetables , like spinach, carrot, orange, pumpkin, sweet potato and of course dairy, that is milk, paneer and curd. In addition to this do not forget breakfast..its the most important meal of the day. First start the day with a healthy breakfast and do not let the child go to school without breakfast.Foods with added sugar, colors, preservatives and made in unhealthy fats like, trans fats can affect baby’s brain development, slow down brain’s working and can make baby hyperactive, irritable. All this affects his learning, attention span and thereby can make him a slow learner. You can also share your concern with Experts in Education field.Kindly follow the link https://www.parentune.com/expert-corner/education 2018-12-19 15:46:46
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mam my son is 2.9yrs.he catches cold cough very easily.and hes prone to stomach infe tions also.food....

mam my son is 2.9yrs.he catches cold cough very easily.and hes prone to stomach infe tions also.food poisioning and thrush in mouth..somthing or the other every 15 days.wat cud be the cause.is he catching it cause he has started going to preschool or hes low in immunity.we r pure veg.or cud it be the hygiene problem?

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Hi Anshul, If the baby is getting cold and cough very frequently plus the baby is also have indigestion and GI related issues it indicates that her digestion is weak. Good nutrition is essential to developing and keeping the immune system healthy and strong. Nutritional deficiencies may be responsible for chronic immune problems as it is easier for bacteria or viruses to take hold when important nutrients are missing. Critical nutrients that stimulate a strong immune system include vitamins A, C, E and essential fatty acids. These nutrients can be obtained from diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains. Processed foods, sugar, and soda can weaken the immune system. These “foods” add nothing in the way of nutrition, and if your children fill up on a lot of them, they are not likely to eat healthy foods with essential nutrients. This can lead to a weak immune system. You may consider probiotic supplementation if your child has a history of antibiotic use, ear infections, oral thrush, diarrhea, constipation, food allergies,intestinal viral infections, etc. Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract that keep the “bad” bacteria away. This bacterium is essential for healthy immunity. You can check with your doctor on Probiotic supplements. Mostly as described by you it appears that Probiotic supplement will be of great help. 2018-12-19 15:52:50
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hai dr my son having 3yr 6mnths old.. what should i do for his sharp brain? Nowadays he is fussy....

hai dr my son having 3yr 6mnths old.. what should i do for his sharp brain? Nowadays he is fussy eater having wt 15kg.Is the weight is correct for this age?

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Hi Nimmy, Kids at this age do undergo phases of not eating anything or eating only certain food items,. They become more picky or choosy and hence they are also termed as Picky eaters. So do not worry, its a passing phase and soon all will be fine. Regarding foods, to improve her appetite, offer more of finger foods, which can be mainly sandwiches cut in different sizes, made with whole wheat Bread, cheese/paneer or veggie sticks or prepare omelet or pancake/paratha with different variations and cut it into different shapes with biscuit cutter. Offer milk as milk shake, smoothie with many varieties of fruits and veggies. Try to serve foods in an attractive manner. Be patient and offer small amounts in every feed. Avoid giving too many liquid calories like juices. Also avoid giving sugary foods as this may reduce her appetite plus will not give her any health benefits. Keep a gap between liquid and solid feeds. Look for the signs to know when your baby is hungry and feed accordingly,. Aim is to give small nutrient dense 5-6 meals in a snack form in a day. This will take care of Nutritional needs plus will help in healthy weight gain. As per WHO Growth chart your child's weight should be 15.2 kg so he is doing fine. Do not worry. 2018-12-19 15:55:53
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udhello madam,my son is 1 yr old..his weght is 8.5kg..but he is active..what nutritious diet shud be....

udhello madam,my son is 1 yr old..his weght is 8.5kg..but he is active..what nutritious diet shud be given to increase his body weight as well as for brain development

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Hi Geetha, Foods that contain brain building compounds like Antioxidants, Healthy fats like Omega 3, choline & Healthy carbohydrates plus proteins, Iron, Zinc are all Brainy foods. These help in baby's learning, improves his attention span, memory and thereby helps in improving baby's IQ. These nutrients, comes from foods like whole grains, (ragi, jowar, bajra, oats), nuts and seeds, egg, meat, beans (like rajma, channa, soybean), all colored fruits and vegetables , like spinach, carrot, orange, pumpkin, sweet potato and of course dairy, that is milk, paneer and curd. In addition to this do not forget breakfast..its the most important meal of the day. First start the day with a healthy breakfast. Do not let the child go to school without breakfast, if he goes without breakfast, he will be very slow and lazy in the first half. Breakfast should include, milk, cereal, fruits & eggs. This will give proteins, healthy carbs, antioxidants and healthy fats which will all help him to remain alert. If the child is hungry in first half he will not be able to concentrate well, so make sure he takes good breakfast. Include nuts as snacks for in-between meals or for short breaks in school. These are rich in fiber, proteins and some healthy fats, all of which are brainy. Giving small frequent meals, 5-6 nutrient dense meals, more in the form of finger foods and including the foods mentioned above will ensure healthy weight gain plus will also help in improving his learning skills. In addition avoid foods rich in sugar and unhealthy fats, as this can make child a slow learner. Excess sugar is found in foods like juices, health drinks, soda beverages, fruit yogurt, while unhealthy fats are found in fries, burgers, fried snacks, fried foods available in market etc. 2018-12-19 15:58:04
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my 6 year baby is active earlier, but now a days she become lazy & slow..what is the solution..

my 6 year baby is active earlier, but now a days she become lazy & slow..what is the solution..

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Hi Shwetha, If you feel that your child is looking weak, pale, getting tired very quickly and is complaining of pain in the body plus if her appetite is also down then it could be related to fall in Hb levels. Do not worry, this can be corrected easily. Please consult your doctor and get your baby examined and if need be discuss with your doctor on starting appropriate supplements. Regarding food, include foods like whole grain cereals, oats, daliya, ragi, jowar, bajra,breads, fruits and veggies. Proteins will help to build up stamina, plus will satisfy appetite for long time, so give egg (3-4) in a week, lean meat, dals, and beans, like, rajma, channa etc. Finally milk, yogurt and cheese will give him calcium, proteins and many other nutrients, which are vital for his growth and activity..try adding powdered nuts and seeds . Avoid foods rich in added sugar like juices, health drinks etc. 2018-12-19 16:01:57
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Hello Madam.How much almonds should be given to kids in a day for their adequate nutrition and is it....

Hello Madam.How much almonds should be given to kids in a day for their adequate nutrition and is it necessary to soak almonds before they are consumed.Also wanted to know if there are any special activities for kids for their overall brain development.

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Hi Darshana, You can give about 5-6 almonds in a day. Instead of giving only almonds it is better you include mix of nuts like walnuts, cashews etc. Walnuts are great source of Omega 3 which are very important for brain development. Soaking helps to remove tannins, compounds that interfere with nutrient absorption. Regarding activities to improve child's learning, please consult our Experts in Education field.Kindly follow the link https://www.parentune.com/expert-corner/education 2018-12-19 16:09:07
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hello ma'am , i m in a very critical situation please help me out .......my daughter is 1 yr 2 mths....

hello ma'am , i m in a very critical situation please help me out .......my daughter is 1 yr 2 mths old and she is underweight ......she doesn't eat anything only drinks cow milk. ........

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Hello, Kids at this age do undergo phases of not eating anything or eating only certain food items,. They become more picky or choosy and hence they are also termed as Picky eaters. So do not worry, its a passing phase and soon all will be fine. If you feel your baby is underweight then pleaes do consult your doctor and get your baby examined. Also you can discuss with your doctor to check her Iron, Zinc and VitD levels as kids who are poor eaters may become deficient in these nutrients. Regarding foods, to improve her appetite, offer more of finger foods, which can be mainly sandwiches cut in different sizes, made with whole wheat Bread, cheese/paneer or veggie sticks or prepare omelet or pancake/paratha with different variations and cut it into different shapes with biscuit cutter. Offer milk as milk shake, smoothie with many varieties of fruits and veggies. Try to serve foods in an attractive manner. Be patient and offer small amounts in every feed. Avoid giving too many liquid calories like juices. Also avoid giving sugary foods as this may reduce her appetite plus will not give her any health benefits. Keep a gap between liquid and solid feeds. Look for the signs to know when your baby is hungry and feed accordingly,. Aim is to give small nutrient dense 5-6 meals in a snack form in a day. This will take care of Nutritional needs plus will help in healthy weight gain. 2018-12-19 16:10:08
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hello mam my daughter is 2yrs2months old .she has blood defficiency,i.e7.5hameoglobin please suggest....

hello mam my daughter is 2yrs2months old .she has blood defficiency,i.e7.5hameoglobin please suggest the cure through food .Thank you

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Hi Meenakshi, Deficiency of Iron results in fall in Hb levels and the condition is called Iron deficiency Anemia. Symptoms of Anemia are pale skin, tiredness, weakness, poor appetite, and irritability, sore or swollen tongue. But sometimes baby may show no symptoms and still have iron deficiency. Since baby has been diagnosed with deficiency, then discuss with your doctor on starting with appropriate supplements. In addition to that giving iron rich foods like, dates, prunes, sweet potato, greens like spinach, radish greens, mustard leaves, kale, broccoli, chicken, meat, egg , beans (Rajma, soybean) and grains like Ragi, jowar, bajra, will help to improve iron levels.. Also avoid giving sugary foods as this may reduce her appetite for healthy foods plus foods rich in sugar will not give any health benefits Do not worry both supplements and food will together help to Health Drink your baby’s Iron levels. 2018-12-19 16:10:52
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My daughter is 1yr2monthd old. What can i do for her good development and growth

My daughter is 1yr2monthd old. What can i do for her good development and growth

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Hi Arti, Basic structure of your child’s brain is laid down by genetics. Optimum Nutrition & Learning further helps to develop the structure. So a child needs both a well balanced whole some meal containing of brain building compounds and a good learning environment. Compounds like Antioxidants, Healthy fats like Omega 3, choline & Healthy carbohydrates plus proteins, Iron, Zinc are all Brainy foods. These help in baby's learning, improves his attention span, memory and thereby helps in improving baby's IQ. These nutrients, comes from foods like whole grains, (ragi, jowar, bajra, oats), nuts and seeds, egg, meat, beans (like rajma, channa, soybean), all colored fruits and vegetables, like spinach, carrot, orange, pumpkin, sweet potato and of course dairy, that is milk, paneer and curd. Kids at this age become very fussy and picky eater. They need variety in food and they want food in an attractive way. Also they prefer small meals not full plate of roti, sabji, dal, rice. Give your baby small nutrient dense 5-6 meals in a snack form in a day, making sure that you include the foods mentioned above. Lastly, but not the least, avoid foods rich in added sugar, unhealthy fats like trans fats as these foods are known to slow down child’s learning. Health drinks, juices, soda beverages, cereals, biscuits, cookies, fries, fried snacks are all rich in added sugar and transfats. 2018-12-19 16:11:24
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hello madam ji..my son is 2 year 2month old..he ws v.healthy child NVR fell sick..bt after typhoid v....

hello madam ji..my son is 2 year 2month old..he ws v.healthy child NVR fell sick..bt after typhoid vaccination given on completion of two year he got febrile seizure on 4th day early mrng after vaccination..I hv doubt why he got seizure cz previously also he hd fevr of above 102 bt he NVR fainted..is the vaccination ws duplicate..help me out..

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Hello Dr my son is 2.8 years. Intrested to know how to help his growth years with correct nutritions....

Hello Dr my son is 2.8 years. Intrested to know how to help his growth years with correct nutritions. Thank you.

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Hello Kavita, At this age your kid should be taking 2-3 cups of milk and 4-5 small meals. Make your kid’s diet rich in healthy carbs, proteins, B vitamins, iron and calcium. Healthy carbs and B vitamins will give him energy Health Drink; include foods like whole grain cereals, oats, daliya, ragi, jowar, bajra,breads, fruits and veggies. Proteins will help to build up his muscles and stamina, plus will satisfy his appetite for long time, so give egg (3-4) in a week, lean meat, dals, and beans, like, rajma, channa etc. Finally milk, yogurt and cheese will give him calcium, proteins and many other nutrients, which are vital for his growth and activity..try adding powdered nuts and seeds like walnuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds to milk, yogurt or cereal 2018-12-19 16:12:46
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hello ma'am, my son is 2yr 2 months. plz suggest me how much dry fruits I can give him daily and als....

hello ma'am, my son is 2yr 2 months. plz suggest me how much dry fruits I can give him daily and also I would like to know the food chart for him. Thanks..

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Hello Medha, Dry fruits are packed with nutrients like Iron, proteins, fiber and some healthy fats. Dry fruits like Walnuts, Almonds, pista, cashews, hazelnuts are all excellent nuts for kids at this age. You can give handful of mix of these nuts in a day to your child, which means 2-3 almonds, 2-3 walnuts, 2-3 cashews. Before giving the mix make sure that your child has been introduced to these nuts before and has good tolerance to these nuts. Regarding food chart, at this age your kid should be taking 2-3 cups of milk and 4-5 small meals. Include variety in food and serve food in an attractive way. Give your baby small nutrient dense 5-6 meals in a snack form in a day, making sure that you include the foods, like, all colored fruits and veggies, whole grains like atta, ragi, oats, bajra, beans like rajma, channa ,dals and dairy like milk, cheese, paneer and if you eat non-veg then egg, meat are all great foods. Lastly, but not the least, avoid foods rich in added sugar, unhealthy fats like trans fats as these foods are known to slow down child’s learning. Health drinks, juices, soda beverages, cereals, biscuits, cookies, fries, fried snacks are all rich in added sugar and trans fats. 2018-12-19 17:45:49
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helllo ma'am ...my daughter is not eating vegetable n she has learnt some abusive words...how can i....

helllo ma'am ...my daughter is not eating vegetable n she has learnt some abusive words...how can i handle her..she is 3 year old

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Hi Kirti, kids usually do not like to eat veggies as they have bland or no taste. But since veggies are packed with phto nutrints and some vital nutrients, it’s important to include them in their diet. Kids at this age are fussy eater and they prefer small finger food like foods and not proper meals. So to make your child like veggies, try finding out his favorite foods and the first thing that you can do is to add veggies into these foods, like if its pasta, noodles or cutlets etc.. Also try adding to omelet, pancake, rice, dals, etc. Even you can add pureed veggies like palak or grated carrot to atta and make chapatti/parathas and tell him you are giving green /orange rotis. Or else you can add to foods like idlis, dosas etc. Or make a cheese mix of cream cheese with different veggies and use it as a spread for sandwiches. Keep trying different ways and slowly he will start taking it. 2018-12-19 17:47:27
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hi mam, my daughter is 2.5 years old, only shows interest in eating plain rice, and only few selec....

hi mam, my daughter is 2.5 years old, only shows interest in eating plain rice, and only few selected fruits. she gets tired soon and complains as her legs are paining. plz suggest me a solution to change her food in take.

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Hi Mounika, Giving child the same food may result in monotony and this can result in baby refusing food or showing a dislike for food. Kids at this age become very fussy and picky eater. They need variety in food and they want food in an attractive way. Also they prefer small meals not full plate of roti, sabji, dal, rice. Give them small nutrient dense 5-6 meals in a snack form in a day. To improve baby’s appetite, offer more of finger foods, which can be mainly sandwiches cut in different sizes, made with whole wheat Bread, cheese/paneer or veggie sticks or prepare omelet or pancake/paratha with different variations and cut it into different shapes with biscuit cutter. Offer milk as milk shake, smoothie with many varieties of fruits and veggies. . Avoid giving too many liquid calories like juices. Also avoid giving sugary foods as this may reduce her appetite plus will not give her any health benefits. Foods like Health drinks, juices, soda beverages, cereals, biscuits, cookies are all packed with added sugar. Hence avoid them. if she is complaining of weakness, pain in legs and fatigue then this could be related to some nutritional insufficiency. Hence would advice that you get your baby’s Iron and VitD levels tested and also get your baby examined by your doctor. Do not worry, in case of any deficiency, appropriate supplements will help and cure it faster. 2018-12-19 17:51:05
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Hi mam from last 2days baby poop was smelly like sour and eggy what may b the reason for it she I do....

Hi mam from last 2days baby poop was smelly like sour and eggy what may b the reason for it she I doing potty after each feeds or3-4times a day she completed her 4th month

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Hi Trinayani, Foul-smelling poop is indicative of malabsorption in baby. If your baby's poop is having eggy or sulfur-like smell, then this could be an indicator of either an infection or poor absorption of some nutrients, mainly lactose..In case of any GI infection, fever may be present . Hence it is advised that you please consult your doctor and get your baby examined at the earliest. If you are breastfeeding continue till you do not see the doctor. 2018-12-19 17:51:34
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hello mam ... my lol is 2 year old . how should i develop her brain power???

hello mam ... my lol is 2 year old . how should i develop her brain power???

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Hi Amrita, Keeping your child alert, active and yet more attentive, will help in improving his learning skills. Foods that contain brain building compounds like Antioxidants, Healthy fats like Omega 3, choline & Healthy carbohydrates plus proteins, Iron, Zinc are all Brainy foods. These help in baby's learning, improves his attention span, memory and thereby helps in improving baby's IQ. These nutrients, comes from foods like whole grains, (ragi, jowar, bajra, oats), nuts and seeds, egg, meat, beans (like rajma, channa, soybean), all colored fruits and vegetables , like spinach, carrot, orange, pumpkin, sweet potato and of course dairy, that is milk, paneer and curd. In addition to this do not forget breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day. First start the day with a healthy breakfast. Do not let the child go to school without breakfast, if he goes without breakfast, he will be very slow and lazy in the first half. Breakfast should include, milk, cereal, fruits & eggs. This will give proteins, healthy carbs, antioxidants and healthy fats which will all help him to remain alert. If the child is hungry in first half he will not be able to concentrate well, so make sure he takes good breakfast. Include nuts as snacks for in-between meals or for short breaks in school. These are rich in fiber, proteins and some healthy fats, all of which are brainy. In addition avoid foods rich in sugar and unhealthy fats, as this can make child a slow learner. Excess sugar is found in foods like juices, health drinks, soda beverages, fruit yogurt, while unhealthy fats are found in fries, burgers, fried snacks, fried foods available in market etc. 2018-12-19 17:52:17
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hii mam..my son is 22months and he strtd talking words,trying to tell some story with words n does a....

hii mam..my son is 22months and he strtd talking words,trying to tell some story with words n does action for some rhymes...n what else can we do to improve him all round with corect nutrition?

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Hi Shravani.. By age 2 babies are able to say 2 word short sentences, and your baby is just doing the same. Optimum Nutrition & Learning both are needed to develop the Brain structure. So a child needs both a well-balanced wholesome meal containing of brain building compounds and a good learning environment. Compounds like Antioxidants, Healthy fats like Omega 3, choline & Healthy carbohydrates plus proteins, Iron, Zinc are all Brainy foods. These help in baby's learning, improves his attention span, memory and thereby helps in improving baby's IQ. These nutrients, comes from foods like whole grains, (ragi, jowar, bajra, oats), nuts and seeds, egg, meat, beans (like rajma, channa, soybean), all colored fruits and vegetables, like spinach, carrot, orange, pumpkin, sweet potato and of course dairy, that is milk, paneer and curd. Lastly, but not the least, avoid foods rich in added sugar, unhealthy fats like trans fats as these foods are known to slow down child’s learning. Health drinks, juices, soda beverages, cereals, biscuits, cookies, fries, fried snacks are all rich in added sugar and trans fats. 2018-12-19 17:52:50
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My 2 year 7 months baby follows some instfuctions and only speaks a few words .

My 2 year 7 months baby follows some instfuctions and only speaks a few words .

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Hi Deepika, At home, reading and speaking is the best way to improve your baby’s speech. Read simple picture books, point to the pictures on the page; encourage to point at the items and say the words with you. Like, if there is a car, say we also have a car and we go out in the car for fun. Tell him the color of the car and so on.. When baby is bit old you can even ask baby after 1-2 pages what will happen next. Let baby think and reply, this will help in developing baby's thinking and imagination skills. Reading books is a great way in developing baby's speech and many other skills.'You can either create your own story or you can read out some using picture book. Don't get stressed or worried. Be patient and bit slow, use correct words and finally be a good listener. 2018-12-19 17:53:23
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hi, My son is 16 months old, issue with him is he keeps catching cold and cough again n again. In la....

hi, My son is 16 months old, issue with him is he keeps catching cold and cough again n again. In last 20 he caught cold n cough twice and its very difficult to see him coughing full day, being very cranky. Due to mucus stuck in his throat he is not able to eat n drink. I try n give him every possible home remedies along with regular medicine, but still story is same. many peopel have suggested me to feed him wiht eggs but we being vegetarian its not possible for me to feed him eggs. Any suggestions from you will be a great help.

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Hi Radha, Frequent attacks of cold and cough indicates that baby's immune system is weak. In addition to this if baby is put on medications and that too antibiotics that result in weakening his gut immunity. Antibiotics kill healthy bacteria and that is the reason baby's appetite and digestion both get affected. So to solve this you have to work out on certain things at the the same time. Firstly, Guard against germ spread. ... Make sure your child washes his hand often with soap, more importantly before and after each meal , after playing outside, using the bathroom, and arriving home from school. Keep your child away from second-hand smoke as this can irritate or kill cells in the body, Secondly, discuss with your doctor on starting a Probiotic supplement. Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract that keep the “bad” bacteria from taking over. This bacterium is essential for healthy immunity. Next also get your child's Vit D & Iron levels tested as deficiency of any of these can weaken immune system. Next, try boosting child's immunity naturally by including Immunity boosting foods. Include variety of colored fruits and veggies and cereals fortified with Iron and omega to Health Drink immunity. Carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, yellow pumpkin, greens, oranges, all contain immunity-boosting phytonutrients such as vitamin C and carotenoids, which help baby to fight germ and infection. Also foods rich in Omega 3, like fish, walnuts, flax seeds are great in boosting immunity. Finally avoid excess sugar in child's diet as excess sugar is known to weaken immune system. Avoid health drinks, soda drinks, juices, jams, cookies, biscuits as they are loaded with sugar. Since your child is already having cough, and has throat congestion, keep him well hydrated by giving warm liquids more often in the form of warm milk with honey and turmeric, porridge, warm soups made with vegetables and/or dal, and also warm water for drinking. Till the time congestion or phlegm is present the appetite will be low. so do not worry, gradually all will be fine. 2018-12-20 14:36:34
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my elder daughter is 6.9 yrs, she has great memory and easily understand things. but she has no inte....

my elder daughter is 6.9 yrs, she has great memory and easily understand things. but she has no interest in studies. she nevervdo her homework. moment i make her to study.. she ll have all excuse hunger, visit to loo, and sleeps half way thru studies

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Hi Meenakshi, To improve her concentration and her attention span, you need to include some foods that will not only improve her learning skill but will also keep her hunger under control. If the child is eating too much of sugary foods then it fills up his tummy quickly and gives a sudden rise in energy levels, followed by a sudden fall in energy. It is when their energy levels fall that child gets cranky, is hungry again and is not able to focus or pay attention. Hence first and foremost avoid foods with added sugar like, health drinks, juices, soda drinks or some sweets, cookies or biscuits. Next, add foods that are not only brainy foods but will keep her full for longer time, like, whole grains, (ragi, jowar, bajra, oats), nuts and seeds, egg, meat, beans (like rajma, channa, soybean), all colored fruits and vegetables , like spinach, carrot, orange, pumpkin, sweet potato and of course dairy, that is milk, paneer and curd. In addition to this do not forget breakfast..its the most important meal of the day. First start the day with a healthy breakfast. Breakfast should include, milk, cereal, fruits & eggs. This will give proteins, healthy carbs, antioxidants and healthy fats which will all help her to remain alert..Give small frequent meals, this will keep her full, will control her hunger plus will keep her more alert. 2018-12-19 17:55:45

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