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Vitamin drops for babies and kids

Vitamins are very important for children from weaning age like 6 months to 5 years. Due to less breastfeeding or formula milk, all nutrients are not found in the daily diet. So the very little quantity of vitamin drops is required. This article contains all about vitamins.

Most breastfed babies or formula milk fed babies need to begin with vitamin D, A and C from six months old to five years age. These vitamin drops are the safeguard or health suppliers when child’s diet is insufficient in vitamins. You should continue these doses of vitamins till your child starts a proper diet with fruits, vegetables and other food varieties in sufficient quantity.  Vitamin D is easily available in sunlight; if your child spent at least half an hour in sunlight he will get sufficient amount of vitamin D fro his skin. But be careful about sunburn, use good quality sunscreen lotions to avoid sunburn problem.

  • Vitamin D also found in milk, fortified breakfast cereals, meat, oily fish and fortified margarine in baby food.
  • Dark skin babies of Asian, African, Afro- the Caribbean and the idle Eastern origin and others, are more likely to have low Vitamin D stores than white babies.
  • Mothers with low vitamin D stores are; darkly pigmented skin, who spend less time in outdoors, those who cover their skin when outside and those living in the dark areas with less sunlight.
  • Vitamin drops are available at minimal cost or free to those on income support or a job seeker’s Allowance in the UK.
  • Take more information from your Doctor or Health visitors from the UK.
  • Calcium is one of the many minerals that you need to be healthy. Calcium is very important to ensure strong, healthy bones and teeth. It also helps muscles and nerves to work properly. In addition, calcium may help you to manage your weight and blood pressure, and play a role in preventing colon cancer. Vitamin D helps you to absorb and use calcium and has other health benefits.
  • Quantity for Calcium

Age                                                      Dose or Quantity

0-6 months 210 mg/day
7-12 months 270 mg/day
1-3 years 500 mg/day
4-8 years 800 mg/day
9-18 years 1300 mg/day
19-50 years 1000 mg/day
Over 50 years 1200 mg/day

 

0-1 year                 400 IU/day  and

1-20 years              200 IU/day

Vitamin D Food

Milk 1 cup 100
Fortified rice or soy beverage 1 cup 80
Fortified orange juice 1/2 cup 45
Fortified margarine 2 tsp 51
Egg yolk 1 25
Herring or trout, cooked 75 g 156
Mackerel, cooked 75 g 80
Salmon, Atlantic, cooked 75 g 225
Salmon, canned or cooked 75 g 608
Sardines, Atlantic, canned 75 g 70
Sardines, Pacific, canned 75 g 360
Tuna, canned, light or white 75 g 41
Tuna, canned 75 g 105
Tuna, Skipjack, cooked 75 g 381
Tuna, bluefin, cooked 75 g 690

Avoid Excess Fat, sugar and salt in solid food of children

In this article, we will discuss which baby food should avoid for children. When your child completed almost the first year of age then you can start this solid food which has proper amount of fats, sugar and salt.

Fat:

  • Kids under two years want more energy for their activities, therefore, they required full fats in their diet. So you can provide full-fat foods like full-fat milk, yoghurt, cheese, oily fish and ham.
  • Foods such as chips, biscuits, crisps and popular high fat food, cakes etc should not give daily. But sometimes you can offer it like once in the week as a feast!! But try to develop the healthy habit to your child. If your child starts that food then it is difficult to give healthy food to him.
  • Child’s taste buds are not formed as the adults’ so when they are young they put each and every item in their eager mouths only so they could get the taste of it. That time they don’t know about any nutritional facts about healthy food.
  • At this time your lifestyle should have healthy and nutritious food so you can develop the same habit to your child also.
  • If your child is not hungry then do not feed him forcefully otherwise his digestive system, giving him cramps in his stomach.
  • Fast food contains excess oil and hydrogenated fats which are harmful to your child’s growth and development.

Sugar: Children under age two mostly enjoys in sweets like cakes, biscuits, chocolates and sweet drinks.A small amount of sugar in the meal is not more harmful to the child but when they frequently eat sweet food and drinks it will cause tooth decay.

  • So try to avoid more sugary sweets, drinks and artificial sweeteners. This will reduce the amount of sugar intake.
  • Do not give sweets or sweet drinks daily; give on alternate days after the meal. And avoid sweets as a reward.
  • Fruits and vegetables also contain sugar but it is not harmful to your child. but sugary drinks of fruits may cause tooth decay if the child consumes it frequently.
  • Give your child breakfast cereals and not the sugar coated cereals.
  • Do not add sugar to milk and porridge.
  • Jaggery also gives same tooth decay if consumed frequently.
  • Develop the habit of brushing twice a day, and gargle after every meal by water, this will keep healthy teeth.

Salt: Salt is sufficiently available in food, therefore, no need to add extra salt in the food.

  • Excessive salty food leads to high blood pressure in later life.
  • Avoid salty foods like crisps, savoury snacks, Bombay mix, bacon, salted meats etc.
  • Add the proper amount of salt in the food. Children aged four to six should eat no more than 3g (0.1oz) of salt a day, according to research.
  • Savoury food, such as baked beans and sausages, contain levels of salt that aredangerous” to their health.
  • Children aged between one and three should not take more than 2g a day.
  • Other foods have a surprisingly large amount of salt. A bowl of Rice Krispies contains more salt than a bag of crisps, around 0.65gm compared to 0.5gm.
  • You can try mini pizzas with vegetable sauces and carrot and cucumber sticks with cheese sprinkled.
  • Chicken curry with rice or pitta or chapatti.
  • For the healthy life of your child avoid the excess of fats, salt and sugar in early age, so it will not too difficult to handle the different situations.

 

Bread, cereals and potatoes for children

These food products you can start when your child complete his first year. Now in this article we will discuss some ideas about Bread, cereals and potatoes etc.

Mostly children prefer the, bread, cereals, millet, maize, chapatti, pitta bread, rice, pasta, yams and potatoes as a meal.

  • Potatoes are good source of Vitamin C and Starch.
  • A portion with each meal will provide energy, various nutrients and some fiber.
  • Let your child try lots of different verities of starchy baby foods.
  • Try wholemeal versions, but not every time. But between two to five years of age you can start gradually offering some higher fiber foods with lower fat foods.
  • Do not give potato chips and crisps, oven chips everyday, it contains too much fat which is harmful to your child.

Baby Food Ideas:

  • Breakfast cereals with milk, it should not be sugar coated.
  • Popcorn with carrot sticks, or bread sticks.
  • Toasts, bagels, bread burns or potato cakes.
  • Toast fingers with cheese spread.
  • Baked potatoes with baked beans and cheese.
  • Pitta bread or chapatti with fish, ham and cheese.
  • Pasta with baked potatoes slices, or vegetables, or fish or ham with cheese.
  • Mashed peas with baked potatoes with little butter.
  • Noodles with vegetables, or fish or meat with cream cheese.
  • Rice with baked potatoes and cream cheese.
  • Chapatti with lentil curries, Lentils (dal) and baked potatoes.
  • Baked potatoes with red onion rings, carrot sticks and brown bread slices.
  • Sandwiches with mashed potatoes, cream cheese, and tomatoes slices, and cucumber slices.
  • Rice with lentil curry, tomato slice, cheese and fruit juice.
  • Potatoes boiled in salty water then cool it and mashed it. Take 1 cup  of  warm semi skimmed milk then add  mashed potatoes with little butter.
  • Pancake with butter, 1glass orange juice, 1 banana.
  • Chapati and fry vegetables like carrot, corn and peas fry in little amount of butter in the pan. This is very nutritive and tasty dish for all kids.

Cheesy leeks and potato

Serves 3 baby portions
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Allergy Milk
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Lunch, Main Dish, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party, Formal Party
You could also use leeks and potatoes to make some soup for rest of the family.

Ingredients

  • 1 Small leek (washed and finely sliced)
  • 1 Medium potato (peeled and cut into small cubes)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon cheese

Note

This recipe is from www.thepostnatal.com

Directions

Step 1
Put the leek, potato and bay leaf in a pan of water, bring to the boil and simmer until the potato is soft.
Step 2
Remove from the heat, drain the vegetables and allow them to cool.
Step 3
Remove the bay leaf and mash the vegetables together with the cheese.

Breakfast Health Bars

Serves 12-14
Prep time 1 hour, 20 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 45 minutes
Allergy Egg, Wheat
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Serve Cold
Occasion Casual Party
Per bar nutrition is 148 Kcal. Healthy nutritional recipe brought by www.thepostnatal.com

Ingredients

  • 225g rice flakes
  • 200ml apple juice (organic if possible)
  • 750g butter
  • 40g Brown sugar
  • 2 Medium Eggs
  • 25g Almonds (nibbed)
  • 25g sunflower seeds
  • 60g figs (chopped)
  • 50g dates (chopped)
  • parchment paper

Directions

Step 1
Preheat the oven 180ºC / 350ºF / Gas Mark 4
Step 2
Place the rice flakes in a bowl and pour over the apple juice. Leave to soak foe minimum 1 hour, by which time all the apple juice be absorbed by rice flakes.
Step 3
Now take the butter and add the sugar, beat until pale, light and fluffy. In another bowl, whisk the eggs and gradually add to the creamed mixture. Beat together until combined.
Step 4
Add egg into rice flakes, nibbed almonds, sunflower seeds and chopped figs and dates.
Step 5
Pour all this mixture into tray which is covered with parchment paper, baked it for 25 minutes until pale golden color.
Step 6
Allow to cool, now cut into 12- 14 pieces. Store into an airtight container and consume within a week.