You will observe that when the child is one year old the diet is reduced to three meals a day. As other foods are added, the quantity of milk should be gradually diminished.
The notion that a child must have one quart of milk a day is fallacious. Forcing a quart of milk upon a child when an abundance of other food is given leads to overfeeding and hurts the child.
Another point worth stressing is that when cows milk is used, all or most of the cream should be removed since skimmed milk is more easily digested and therefore of greater value to the child than whole milk.
Parents may wonder why cereals are not included in the childs diet. Grain products are highly acid-forming and difficult to digest.
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For this reason, we do not recommend these foods for children.
Potatoes, corn, carrots, parsnips, bananas, as well as fresh fruits and berries, supply all the starches and sugars that are needed by the child in an easily digestible form, and should therefore be used in place of cereals.
Parents who insist on serving cereals to their children should use only the dry whole grain cereals, brown rice, wild rice, or buckwheat groats. All refined and processed cereals must be eschewed. Cereals may be served with raw or stewed fruits or berries. If milk is to be served with it, it is better that it be sipped separately.
We must bear in mind that the quantity of food and the changes that have to be made in the diet vary with the individual child. These rules are therefore to be regarded merely as a general guide to be modified in accordance with the needs of the individual child.
Other Important Factors.
If the child is to grow up healthy, other important factors must receive serious attention. Children should be trained to take naps regularly every afternoon. Outdoor play and outdoor activities should be encouraged. Parental love and proper companionship are important.
The child must be taught to eat slowly and masticate its food thoroughly. It must also be trained to regularity in bowel habits. A healthy child will move its bowels twice or three times a day, or as many times as it eats. Failure to do so is a sign of poor health.
Finally, parents must take care not to spoil the child through overindulgence.