Children's Nutrition

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Raising a healthy, active toddler takes work, and parents need to know the best foods to give their child. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about childrens nutrition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Feeding toddlers isnt always easy, but knowing about nutrition and eating habits will help you make the best choices for your child.

Children can become overweight from drinking too much soda, fruit drinks, and juice. Toddlers love these drinks, but parents need to limit how much their children get. Too much will cause children to gain weight and get bad teeth.

If your child is overweight, the best thing you can do is set a good example by eating healthy foods yourself. Do not eat junk food, but instead eat lots of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain breads.

Most children do not need a multivitamin. There are enough vitamins and minerals in small amounts of food. Your toddler should get plenty of vitamins from fruits, vegetables, milk, meat and whole-grain bread products.

It is important to give your child a variety of healthy foods to choose from. Talk to your doctor about the best nutrition for your child.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.