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5 Ways to prevent nutritional deficiency in growing children

 Huda Shaikh
7 to 11 years

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5 Ways to prevent nutritional deficiency in growing children

Your growing child requires certain vitamins and minerals in order to function well and often these are referred to as ‘micronutrients’. What you must know, as a parent, is that the body is not capable of producing these micronutrients, and so your child needs to acquirethese through food. A nutritional deficiency happens when the diet is low on nutrients or when the body is unable to absorb enough nutrients from the food that your child eats. Now, let’s look at the 5 ways in which you can prevent nutritional deficiencies through diet:


1. Add iron: Iron deficiency is commonly seen in most children. Hence it becomes imperative to add this micronutrient to the diet of your little one. The deficiency of iron can lead to anemia which shall ultimately lead to weakness and fatigue in your child. Foods which you need to add to the diet: Egg yolks, dark leafy green, poultry, nuts, poultry and garden cress seeds.


2. Vitamin A, your child’s best friend: Vitamin A is known to impart good eye health and it also strengthens the immune system. Foods which you need to add to the diet: Green leafy veggies, papaya, mango, tomato, carrot, sweet potato, apricot and pumpkin.

3. Do not miss out on folate: Folic acid is essential for the production of red blood cells and also helps in the proper functioning of the nervous system. Foods which you need to add to the diet: Beans, lentils, citrus fruits, poultry, green leafy beans and shellfish.

4. Always remember Vitamin D: Almost 30-40 percent of children are known to be deficient in Vitamin D and Vitamin D is necessary for strong bones and teeth. In absence of Vitamin D, the body cannot absorb calcium leading to brittle teeth and porous bones. Foods which you need to add to the diet: Fatty fish, mushroom, egg yolks and health food drinks fortified with Vitamin D.

5. Calcium matters! Calcium again is required for strong bones, teeth and for proper functioning of the heart, nerves and muscles. Foods which you need to add to the diet: Milk, yogurt, cheese, tofu, soy milk, almonds, sesame seeds, spinach and soybean. Goes without saying that as a mother, you do ensure that your child gets a good, wellbalanced diet but despite best efforts, there are some micronutrients that may still go amiss. At the same time, children insist on eating junk foods, and it is normal to indulge them, but this further increases the risk of a deficiency and the resultant long-term health issues, such as low immunity, unexplained weakness, slurred speech, digestive issues, stunted growth, low bone density, lack of concentration and other such.

So what is the way out? Find a health food drink such as Horlicks that contains all the required micronutrients (mentioned above) and start your child’s day on the right note. It will give that boost of energy when your child needs it the most and also keep all health risks at bay. However, do consult a pediatrician before putting your child on a health food drink.

Did you find the information given by our expert nutritionist useful? Do you feel your child is not getting the best nutrition? Would you consider including a health food drink in your child’s daily diet? Do share (in the comments section below) – and support fellow parents to provide the best nutrition to their growing children.

Disclaimer: An awareness drive powered by Horlicks to emphasise the importance of micronutrient’s in a child’s diet.

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Shailja

| Jul 04, 2017

Loved it. Keep publishing such good article always

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Shilpa

| Jul 04, 2017

Eating healthy food is must

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Kalpana Singh

| Jul 04, 2017

good to have shared it

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Nikita

| May 16, 2017

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin. My doc says to give 2-3 tablespoons of ghee to my child always. Is it safe to give him ghee?

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Surabhi Chatterjee

| May 16, 2017

What is Tofu? Nice information around child's balanced diet..

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 Huda Shaikh

| May 06, 2017

Hi Kavita,Your most welcome :)

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 Huda Shaikh

| May 06, 2017

Hi Navyachandru,I am glad you liked it :)

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 Huda Shaikh

| May 06, 2017

Hi Sneha,Hope your child is doing good after the course. Best wishes :)

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 Huda Shaikh

| May 06, 2017

Hi Sojal,absolutely children these days are very choosy and picky,but as parents we can passify and convince them in the best possible way. I am glad to liked the blog... more to come :)

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 Huda Shaikh

| May 06, 2017

Hi Tanisha,That is great :) Keep it up. Welcome from the entire team.

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Kavita Kumar

| May 06, 2017

nice blog.... thanks for sharing

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Navyachandru

| May 06, 2017

Thank you it s a good information.

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Sneha

| May 04, 2017

Nice. My child had iron deficiency earlier and had to be fed iron both as medicine and in foods, as directed by the Doctor.

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Sojal

| May 04, 2017

Developing a good food habit seems to be the biggest problems of mommies. I give health drinks but if your child doesnt want to have it, all efforts goes in vain. keep sharing good information like this Huda... thankyou..

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Tanisha Khanna

| May 03, 2017

Both my children kick start their day with one banana and a glass of horlicks. Good to know that they are starting their day on the right note. Thanks Team parentune!

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