The main external factor contributing to normal child growth and development is food. Therefore, it is important to offer the child a balanced and varied diet containing all the nutrients necessary for the proper functioning of the organism.
Over the years, various research was able to consolidate the relationship between nutrition and health. This information confirms that lifestyles and eating habits can prevent and improve the clinical situation of some diseases. For example, ischemic heart disease, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, cancer, obesity, etc.
These diseases, which usually occur in adulthood, can develop at an earlier age. Because of this, it is recommended, from an early age, to educate on healthy eating habits. These habits will further develop in adolescence and remain in adulthood.
In the case of children and adolescents with a Congenital Metabolism Error who have a diet without any restrictions, these recommendations are completely valid.
If your child maintains a restricted diet in a nutrient, the doctor or nutritionist will balance the diet according to its possibilities and with the permitted foods and special formulas advised.
What is healthy eating?
A healthy diet is one that satisfies the nutritional and physiological needs of the child, this diet ensures correct growth and development. It must be balanced, adequate according to the requirements and sensorily satisfactory.
For all children, early childhood is determinant in learning healthy habits and in implementing correct dietary guidelines. This habit will then be decisive throughout life.
In the case of special diets, three essential objectives will contribute to an improvement in diet adherence and good metabolic control :
Teach and promote essential foods for the normal growth of the child.
Appreciate food differences.
Learn how to prepare and manage special diet
The parents have the responsibility to put healthy food on the table. This will then help the child learn to enjoy a variety of nutritious food with different culinary preparations, etc. The introduction to different types of food will greatly help the child’s health.