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Effect of Nutrition on Toddlers’ Overall Health and Growth
Toddlerhood represents striking changes in children’s development. It is a period of a time of rapid cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development. Changing nutritional needs accompany these developmental milestones and the toddler’s diet has an impact in establishing food preferences and healthy eating behaviors. Learn about nutritional landscape & dietary patters in toddlers as well as effect of nutrition on toddler’s growth and development.
Toddlerhood represents striking changes in children’s growth and development. Between birth and age of 3, toddlers‘ body weight increases by 3- 4 times height almost doubles. Balanced diet during toddlerhood is essential not only for healthy growth and development during this key stage of life, but also for the development of the gastrointestinal tract and the gut microbiota. In turn, a healthy gut microbiota has multiple beneficial effects on healthy growth, development and well-being of toddlers.
This tutorial brings information about effects of nutrition on toddlers’ health and its relation to GI gastrointestinal development, including that of intestinal microbiota and its impact on growth and development.