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Pediatricians’ #advice to parents - Maia Kherkheulidze

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On December 23, 2021
by Bakuriani
• Proper, complete nutrition is one of the prerequisites for the health, mental and physical development of a child. Deficiency of food ingredients, including various macro- and micronutrients and vitamins, often causes health, development and behavioral disorders.
• Breast milk is the ideal and virtually indispensable food for newborns and infants. Breast milk is a complete food; it contains the best proportion of all the vital substances necessary for optimum growth and development of a child: water, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals.
• During breastfeeding, the baby gets warmth and love, and with food the need to communicate with the mother is also satisfied. Infants should be fed as needed, 8-12 times a day.
• After the age of 6 months, supplementary food of soft consistency should be included in the child’s diet, such as porridges, vegetable or fruit purees and so on. From the age of 6 months, it is important to add water as well.
• Without water no body cell can function, the transport of oxygen and nutrients, regulation of body temperature, various metabolic processes, digestion, excretion of harmful substances and many other things depend on it. Any liquid and many foods contain water, but for infants and children water and milk are the best choice.
• When choosing water, you must keep in mind that it must be safe and free of contaminants. It is important to give children from an early age safe, mineral-rich water specifically designed for children.
• Feed the child at a common table with the family, and do not leave it unattended when feeding. Encourage the habit of eating on his own. Offer your child several different healthy foods so he can make his own choice. Never force-feed him, do not turn food into a “battlefield”, do not punish or criticize him in front of others, try to praise him often.
• Always try to make sure that the child sits at the table at meal times. Avoid eating while playing and running around. It is not recommended to use the TV and computer or read books while eating.
• Remember that if your baby does not drink fluids at all or does not eat while breastfeeding, you should call a doctor immediately.
• Dear parents, remember that a healthy lifestyle is the foundation of human health. Teach your child the right nutrition, water intake, diet, hygiene, physical activity, and reduce the time spent in front of the screen. Thus, you will promote his health from birth and protect him from the development of many diseases associated with poor diet.

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