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July 07, 2022

Get the facts on your child’s ideal diet and more.

We know how challenging it can be for kids to get all the nutrients they need from diet alone, especially if your child has food allergies, dietary restrictions or is simply a picky eater. We’ve compiled the top questions about childhood nutrition. If you have questions, your pediatrician can provide additional info and support.

When Can I Start To Introduce Solid Foods Into My Baby’s Diet?

You should begin to incorporate solid foods into your baby’s diet at around 6 months old. By 7-8 months, your child should be eating a lot more solid foods, from veggies and fruits to yogurt, protein and whole grains. Let your child sample one food at a time, which is also the best way to spot any food allergies. Talk with your pediatrician if your child develops a rash or other problems after consuming an allergenic food.

How Much Water Should My Child Consume?

It’s important for everyone to stay hydrated, and that includes children, too. A good rule of thumb is for your child to consume as many eight-ounce glasses of water as their age. For example, if your child is six years old they should consume six eight-ounce glasses of water. Of course, if your child is out in the sun or playing sports it’s important that they consume more water. Fruit juices and sodas are not considered a good alternative for ensuring your child gets enough fluids every day. Water is always the best and healthiest choice.

Is It Okay for My Child To Eat the Same Thing Every Day?

When it comes to your child’s diet it’s best to spice things up and add variety and rotation to daily meals. Sure, there may be some foods that your child just loves more than others, but it’s important that they are getting a good balance and mix of healthy fats, protein, fiber and complex carbs.

I’m Concerned About My Child’s Weight. Now What?

If you are worried about your child’s recent weight gain or that they aren’t eating enough, you should talk with your pediatrician about the best ways to help them manage their weight through proper diet and exercise. We can provide effective solutions and advice for how to tweak your child’s current diet to support their weight gain or loss needs.

These are baseline numbers that may fluctuate based on certain factors, so it’s important to speak with your child’s pediatrician to determine your child’s own dietary needs.

May 02, 2022

Make sure your child is following a healthy, balanced diet.

One in 5 school children is considered obese in the US. So, how do we stop these statistics from getting any higher? It starts with proper nutrition, regular exercise, and a healthy lifestyle. Your child's pediatrician can always provide some helpful tips for ensuring your child is getting the vitamins and nutrients they need.

Daily Caloric Guidelines By Age

The number of calories your child consumes every day will depend on their age and their activity levels and gender. These are the caloric guidelines you should follow,

  • 2-3 years old (both girls and boys): 1,000-1,400 calories
  • 4-8 years old (boys): 1,200-2,000 calories
  • 4-8 years old (girls): 1,200-1,800 calories
  • 9-13 years old (boys): 1,600-2,600 calories
  • 9-13 years old (girls): 1,400-2,200 calories
  • 14-18 years old (boys): 2,000-3,200 calories
  • 14-18 years old (girls): 1,800-2,400 calories

Incorporating the Right Foods into Your Child’s Diet

It’s important that your child is getting a variety of healthy foods to ensure that they get all the essential vitamins and nutrients they need to grow up strong and healthy. This includes,

Lean protein: This includes seafood, poultry, eggs, beans, and nuts

Vegetables: It’s important to incorporate many vegetables into your child’s diet every day. This can include everything from leafy greens to vibrant peppers to beans. If you do choose canned vegetables, make sure to check nutrition labels to ensure that there isn’t added sugar or sodium.

Fruits: Stay away from fruit juice, which can have a ton of added sugar, and opt for fresh or frozen fruit instead. Also, limit dried fruits, which can be high in calories.

Whole grains: Whole grains provide more benefits than refined grains (e.g., white bread and rice) and include whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, quinoa, and brown rice.

Dairy: Include some low-fat or fat-free dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, or milk into your child’s daily diet.

While sugar won’t cause harm in moderation, it is important to limit added sugars and trans and saturated fats (found in red meat, full-fat dairy, and poultry). Wonder if your child’s diet gives them all the nutrients they need? This is something that your pediatrician can discuss with you during their next well-child visit.

Are you having challenges helping your child maintain a healthy weight? Are you concerned about their health? If so, it’s time to turn to your child’s pediatrician. They can provide you with strategies to help your child eat healthier and maintain a healthy weight.

April 08, 2020
Category: Children's Health

Are you worried about your child's nutrition? Here at 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison, NJ, your six pediatricians counsel families on the "whys" and "hows" of good childhood nutrition—read on to learn more.

Your child's needs change

A child's body and mind constantly grow and develop. As such, nutritional needs change, as well. What your child takes in determines growth, development, learning, energy level, immune system strength, and more. Additionally, one in three American children can be labeled as obese, reports the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). How do families avoid that statistic? Education, of course.

Here are some frequently asked questions on the topc:

FAQs about childhood nutrition

1. What does my baby need most? Breastfeeding is best up to one year of age as it is provides everything your child needs--including important antibodies against disease. At about six months of age, introduce solids to your baby's diet. Don't restrict fat through toddlerhood, and prioritize calcium-rich foods, such as yogurt.

2. Why is fiber important? Fiber (found in fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, and cereals) improves oral health, reduces fat intake, and avoids constipation. Long-term, a high-fiber diet helps prevent heart disease.

3. My school-age child is picky. What should I put in his lunch box? Emphasize protein such as eggs, low-fat meats, peanut butter, and beans. Additionally, avoid sodium: no processed lunch meats or salty chips.

4. Does a teenage girl need special nutrients? With the onset of menstruation, girls need iron to avoid anemia. So consider supplementation (with your pediatrician's advice) and spinach, legumes, and some red meat. Don't talk a lot about body image, but model healthy eating. Boys need more protein at this age as they build muscle and bone mass, states the AAP.

5. Why is water important? The human body naturally has a high water content, making it critical to adequate physiological function, including learning. As such, promote water throughout the day. Keep kids well-hydrated when they are exercising and during hot weather, as well.

You have more questions about nutrition

Feel free to contact the pediatricians here at 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison, NJ. We are happy to answer them! We have three locations to serve your family whenever you need us. We're located on Oak Tree Road and Amboy Avenue in Edison. In South Plainfield, we're on Park Avenue. For all three offices, reach the office team at (732) 548-3210.