Three-quarters of parents of babies give them too much high-calorie food, said a survey conducted in Britain. Such foods, infant formula, milk powder and pastes should not be given to babies in excessive amounts.
– Individual parents in nutrition of a baby insist on consuming more calories. Before the end of the first year, children are very active, so that consumption may be associated with increased physical activity. Even so, high-calorie foods cause bad habits in children later in life like exaggerate obesity and face obesity. Most formulas in composition are adapted to the breast milk in the amount of carbohydrates and fats, pediatricians say.
Children younger than six months do not need more than 600 calories per day, but only 75% of parents to their children give an average of 100 calories more, the study of the British Ministry of Health conducted more than 3,700 babies aged 4 to 18 months.
After the first six months to a year, children need no more than 750 calories a day. The problem occurs with children need of food that varies depending on age, activity and development, experts warn.
Developing a taste
Babies acquire preference to nutrition during the mother’s pregnancy and lactation, so it is important for pregnant women to eat versatile food as fruits and vegetables for the child to eat healthy. Children easily accept food that the mother ate during pregnancy because that is known taste for them.