The adage “you are what you eat” is especially true for children. In addition to fueling basic metabolic functions, proper nutrition:
Proper nutrition establishes a strong physical, mental, and neurological foundation that affects their whole life. On the flip side, the wrong diet can delay development and set them up for problems down the road.
You can ensure your child gets every advantage by teaming up with an experienced pediatrician who understands the unique nutritional needs of children through every stage of their development. Dr. Venkata Vallury and Dr. Visalakshi Vallury at Redwood Family Health Center in McKinney and Farmers Ranch, Texas, help you feed your child’s body and mind so they can grow up strong and healthy.
Proper pediatric nutrition begins on the first day of life, and at this point, you have two choices: breast milk or formula — cow’s milk is not recommended for newborns. Breast milk has several advantages for your child over formula:
Although formula provides high levels of iron and protein, it doesn’t give your baby the same immune-boosting nutrition that comes from breast milk.
Drs. Vallury can help you decide when to wean your baby from the breast or bottle and how to introduce solid foods. The timing and technique they teach you can help avoid feeding problems and food aversions, as well as detect potential food allergies.
Once your child starts eating full meals and snacks, you have an opportunity to establish habits — good or bad — that will last a lifetime. Paying attention to portion size, calories, sugar and fat content, and attitude toward food can set your child up for a healthy lifestyle.
We guide you every step of the way and help you navigate food choices for your child until they can make healthy choices on their own. At each stage of your child’s life, their nutritional needs vary, and boys and girls have different dietary needs, as do athletes. If you have questions about how much protein to feed your child, or how much sugar is okay, let’s talk.
Food insecurity and hunger affect about 13 million kids in America. Whether you and your family struggle with food insecurity or you just haven’t focused on proper nutrition as diligently as you’d like, poor nutrition has clear consequences for your child, including a higher risk for:
If you and your family need assistance, there are many resources in the northern Texas area.
If you need advice about how to manage your child’s nutrition, come see us at Redwood Family Health Center. Regular visits with our expert pediatricians can keep your child’s nutrition and overall health on track. We monitor their growth and development, including height and weight, so we can recommend adjustments to their diet and exercise when necessary. We also provide comprehensive pediatric care that covers immunizations, vision and hearing screenings, behavioral health, sick and well visits, and more.
Give your child the best chance at a healthy life by starting them out with the right nutrition. To learn more, give us a call or request an appointment online.