Picky Eater Kid Nutritional Guidelines By Jason Katzenback
Although many children are picky eaters at some stage in their lives, experts say not to worry. Unless you are feeding him or her chips and cookies three times each day, these children will most likely meet their weekly nutritional quotas.
However, if you are concerned about their developmental progress, make an appointment with their pediatrician for confirmation. In meantime, you may want to include a multivitamin in your child's daily diet to balance his intake of nutrients.
Instead of looking at what types of food your child is eating meal-by-meal or even day-by-day, round out picture by looking at your child's diet week-by-week.
Most children do not eat a balanced diet every day, but over course of a week or so, their diet will usually fall within healthy eating guidelines. This perspective can help provide you with total nutrient intake and you will probably feel much better after discovering that they really are eating more nutritional foods overall.
Here are some nutritional guidelines that can help you when looking at your child's dietary needs:
• Children need between 24-28 grams of protein a day, which can be found in just two servings of cheese, beef, chicken, fish, eggs, yogurt, dried beans, milk, or peanut butter
• Approximately 800 mg of calcium (3-4 servings) are needed daily, which can be found in macaroni and cheese, yogurt, orange juice, or a glass of milk
• Children need at least 5 mcg of Vitamin D, which is available in a glass of milk or by playing outside in sunshine for a few minutes every day
• The requisite 5 mg of iron can be found in lean meats, poultry, fish, legumes, or whole grains