A healthy, balanced diet provides nutrients to your child's body. Nutrients are like fuel for your child's body. They give your child energy and keep your child's heart beating, his or her brain active, and his or her muscles working. They also help to build and strengthen bones, muscles, and other body tissues.
The three major nutrients that your child needs for energy are carbohydrate, protein, and fat. Carbohydrate provides energy for your child's brain, muscles, heart, and lungs. Carbohydrate is found in bread, cereal, rice, pasta, fruits, vegetables, milk, yogurt, and sugar. Protein provides energy and is used to build and repair your child's body cells. Protein is found in meat, poultry, fish, cooked dry beans, cheese, tofu and other soy products, nuts and seeds, and milk and milk products. Fat provides energy, helps build the covering around nerves in your child's body, and is used to make hormones. Fat is found in butter, margarine, oil, mayonnaise, salad dressing, nuts, and in most foods that come from animals, such as meat and milk products. Many foods also have fat added to them.
Your child's body needs all three major nutrients to be healthy. Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help your child get the right amounts of carbohydrate, protein, and fat. It can also keep your child at a healthy weight.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Go to Canada's Food Guide at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/basics-base/quantit-eng.php to learn how many food guide servings your child should aim for each day.
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Current as of: July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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