FAQ – protein in paediatrics

Editor(s): Frequently Asked Questions Vol.2 / 1,  2015

Summary

Proteins are the keywords especially during rapid phases of growth in infancy and childhood. Generally considered deficient for infants, many women tend to go overboard in supplementing protein to their young ones. However, is it acceptable? How much of protein is actually required and is there anything called as ‘excess’ of protein? Research says yes! if so, what can be the ideal protein food or supplement for infants? Does breast milk alone suffice? What about the latter part of infancy, should the protein requirements be revised? How much is considered too much? What are the negative effects of protein excess? We answer all these and some more commonly encountered questions regarding the star nutrient, protein in the paediatric population.