Health Tips for Underweight Children (2-5 years of age)
The basic nutritional requirement for younger children is the same as that for the older group except that children falling in this age group need more high energy foods and calcium. Children 2-5 years of age require the following in their daily diet:
- Carbohydrates: rice, porridges, pasta, potatoes. Whole grains which are rich in fiber are not required as for older kids.
- Proteins: meat, fish, beans, egg, legumes etc.
- Five portions of fruits and vegetables
- 3 portions of calcium (e.g. 1 cup milk, 1tbsp.cheese, I cup yogurt in a day)
- Full cream cow’ milk should be used for underweight children.
Underweight children who are 2-5 years old should be fed with more fish, cheese, milk and milk products as these are necessary for development in growing age
Underweight children also require supplements of Vitamins D, A and C. Iron syrups can also be used if your child has signs of iron deficiency. Consult your doctor before using supplements.
Learn more about the different food groups and how they form part of a healthy, balanced diet.