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Considering a Healthier Diet for Your Child: Care Instructions

Childhood can be a great time to start healthy eating habits. The decision to change your child's eating and how to do it are up to you. Change takes time—and small changes add up.

Healthy eating can help your child feel good and have plenty of energy to learn and play.

Healthy foods include vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods, and protein foods.

How to help your child

  • Think about when your family can try new eating habits. Get support if you or your child is worried about making changes. Your child's doctor can help you find a dietitian.

  • Talk with your child about what kinds of changes might work for your family. Discuss eating habits or certain foods you might want to change. And talk about anything you want to keep.

  • Make one small change, and see how it works. Try things like offering water when your child is thirsty or serving fruits as snacks. Or add one vegetable to your family's dinner. It takes time to adjust to new habits.

Health Link has registered dietitians available to answer nutrition questions. For more information about this service, visit or the Health Link Dietitian Service listing.

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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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.

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