Written by Tricia Au
From our previous post we know that children with special needs face nutritional challenges like obesity, underweight, behaviour issues, etc. In order for you to provide the appropriate nutritional intervention for your child, it is important to know the mechanism of food and how they can fuel your child’s body. by ensuring your child is having proper intake of nutrients through good eating habits, you are building a healthy foundation for your child’s growth development.
A balanced diet refers to an equal amount of macronutrient and micronutrient. Macronutrient encompasses carbohydrates, proteins and fats whereas micronutrient includes vitamins, minerals and fibre. Last but by no means least, we need water in our day to day consumption as well. Here is a brief breakdown on Macronutrient and Micronutrient:
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We understand that at times it can be quite the challenge to ensure your child is practicing good eating habits. Especially for children with special needs, it can be tough for parents or caregivers to even introduce new food to their child.
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