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5 Nutrients Every Child Needs Daily

As children grow and develop they require a delicate balance of nutrients to properly develop. But finding this balance and determining which nutrients are needed and in what quantity can be challenging for parents.

Incorporating proper nutrients in to a child’s diet is vital as they grow and develop, physically, emotionally, mentally and socially. While meeting the recommended daily intake of vitamins, special attention should be placed on five key nutrients:

  • Calcium: Leads to the development of strong bones and a healthy heart, nerves and muscles.  Calcium can be found in dairy products, oranges, cereal, tofu, salmon and collard greens.
  • Fiber: Regulates digestion, lowers bad cholesterol, discourages overeating. Beans, whole grains, vegetables, berries and bran cereal are fiber-rich foods.
  • Carbohydrates: Primary source of energy for the body, assists in absorbing calcium, regulates blood sugar. Bananas, as well as whole-wheat bread, whole-grain pasta and berries are a good source of carbohydrates.
  • Protein: Important source of energy, replaces body tissue, supports immune system, helps produce hemoglobin in red blood cells. Protein can be found in seafood, lean beef, dairy, soy, beans and eggs.
  • Iron: Creates red blood cells, supplies oxygen to cells, contributes to muscle and bone development. Iron can be found in shell based seafood, beans, cereal and spinach.

Preparing meals at home that incorporate a mixture of nutrient rich foods will ensure your child receives the vitamins and minerals his or her body requires, giving your child the needed energy to learn and grow. Contact Pediatrix, your pediatrics in Phoenix, today at 602-866-0550 or visit us online to schedule an appointment or to learn more about children’s recommended dietary needs.




Subir K. Mitra, MD, FAAP

Posted in Blog on May 24th, 2012