HAPPY SNACKER

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Real Advice -

Q My two-year-old barely seems to eat any­thing at meal­times but hap­pily has his morn­ing and af­ter­noon snacks of fruit and crack­ers. Is he get­ting enough en­ergy and nu­tri­tion? A Dr Joanna McMil­lan, nu­tri­tion­ist,

says: If he is grow­ing nor­mally then, yes, he is get­ting what he needs from his food. How­ever, for optimal health and de­vel­op­ment you also need to en­sure he is con­sum­ing a wide va­ri­ety of foods. Par­ents of­ten worry that young chil­dren don’t eat enough, but they are usu­ally get­ting more than they think. Just make sure he is not overeat­ing snacks be­tween meals – if he’s not hun­gry at meal­times you have lit­tle chance of get­ting him to eat. The best thing to re­mem­ber is that it is your job to pro­vide healthy nu­tri­tious food, and his job to de­cide how much to eat.

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