Looking for a way to assess your child's diet? Then this article is a must-read...
Those mealtime battles...
Children can often be notoriously fussy when it comes to food and many mums often worry about if their kids are getting a balanced diet.
We all know that children need a complete and balanced diet made up of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals in order to meet their growth potential.
As a mum, if your child seemingly only eats plain rice and chicken every day, it's not surprising that you may be somewhat concerned about your child's nutritional intake.
However, if you are the mum of a child who barely eats anything, i.e., is a picky eater, most of your worries about his/her eating habits most certainly revolve around his/her growth and development.
Watching your friend's child eat without a problem, you may think that you are alone in your mealtime struggles with your child.
However, the issue of picky eating is actually quite common among kids here in Singapore.
In fact, a 2012 study conducted by the National University Hospital of Singapore found that nearly 1 in 2 Singaporean parents say their child is a picky eater1.
The study also revealed that picky eating behaviours cause much stress while feeding children, and may have a negative impact on family relationships.
What are the risks of picky eating?
Often, picky eating is just a phase. Having said that though, it's important to note that not all feeding difficulties are the same.
The reality is that feeding difficulties can become a problem, especially if they continue over time.
If this happens, picky eating may put the child at risk of compromised growth, susceptibility to illness and even impact cognitive development. All of this may warrant a visit to the doctor.
While there are many aspects to the issue of picky eating, what is often difficult for parents to judge is if their child is getting enough nutrients from the little food he or she willingly eats.
This is exactly why Abbott has introduced PediaSure-NutriTrac™, an online tool to encourage healthy eating and balanced nutrition for children in Singapore.
Please go to the next page to find out more about PediaSure-NutriTrac™.