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Common childhood nutrition concerns


Common childhood nutrition concerns
Baltimore Sun (blog)

The next step would be to start a heart healthy diet in the toddler years. This means using low fat dairy products beginning at age 2. Consider introducing seafood and poultry early and avoid fried foods. Make a habit of eating at home. Children who have more meals at home tend to consume less fat than those who eat out often.Hypertension, or high blood pressure, does occur in children and is being diagnosed more frequently. Recent guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggest children with hypertension follow the DASH diet (which is also recommended for adults). The DASH diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy, whole grains, poultry, seafood, nuts and lean meats. A lower intake of sugar and sodium is also recommended.2. Avoiding peanuts, fish, eggs and other common food allergens in the first year of life helps protect against food allergies.

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