A diet is one that instilled habituation parents to children since childhood. Feeding schedule and what is consumed should be taught from childhood. The food is so freely offered in sight, especially when the child is growing up. But with habituation disciplined about food, it is expected that children can manage a good diet.
Equal with breakfast and lunch, dinner should be incorporated into the child’s daily schedule. In addition to supplement the nutritional needs of children in one day, dinner can help children sleep more soundly at night because a full stomach. When deep sleep that occurs repair and renewal of body cells and the process of growth, which is faster than when the child was asleep when he was awake.
To achieve maximum benefit, giving dinners to children should be precision, namely:
1. Do not miss
The principle of feeding toddlers is a little but often. Energy needs of toddlers in a day is 1000 calories (toddler 1-2 years) and 1500 calories (toddler 4-5 years), which is divided into 3 meals and 2 snack times. That’s why all meal times is important and there should not be passed. There is often no dinner, toddler malnutrition or weight does not go up and up, even reduced.
2. Do not Short Sleep Clock
A diet made up of habits in the family. The term early dinner (dinner at 17:00) and late dinner (dinner at 19.00) emerged. But late dinner is not justified for infants, for pity when eating dinner late, she could starve. Besides late dinner can also create a time lag between dinner too close to bedtime. So that the child can make the digestive system work harder during sleep, resulting in sleep is not restful, abdominal pain, and even puke! If the child’s bedtime at 19.00, dinner given at 17.00 due to digest the food that enters the body is required approximately 2-3 hours.
3. Precision nutritional composition
The dinner menu should contain all the nutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals, plus your fluid intake – child needs 1.5 liters of fluid per day (7 cups).
4. Precision numbers
Calorific value of the dinner was about 200-300 kilo calories of energy source composition (carbohydrate, protein, fat) did not eat much in the morning and afternoon, remembering the night children are not too active.