The Importance of Calorie Intake to Prevent Lack of Weight Loss in Children

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The Importance of Calorie Intake to Prevent Lack of Weight Loss in Children
In monitoring the growth of children, the mother should not underestimate the weight. In fact, weight gain is one of the parameters of nutritional status and child health.

If the child's weight is below average compared to height and age, then the child is said to experience weight less or better known as underweight. Mothers should be vigilant if the child is underweight because it can disrupt the immune system.

This can make children easily affected by diseases and infections due to immune system. Not to mention it took a long time to process the recovery. Mirisnya again, this has a long-term impact, ie children at risk of developing growth disorders.

Based on WHO data in 2013, there are about 98 million (17%) of under-fives underweight. Then from Basic Health Research (Riskesdas) 2013, it is known that the prevalence of less body weight in Indonesia reaches 19.6% which consists of 5.7% malnutrition and 13.9% less nutrition.

Weight loss in children can be prevented by monitoring their weight through weighing activities. By monitoring the child's weight, the mother can detect early on whether the child has malnutrition problems. For children aged 0-5 years, the mother must routinely weigh her weight once a month.

In general, the child will experience weight gain in the next month. But if her weight did not increase two months in a row, the sign of delayed child growth.

for mothers in Indonesia can access the site www.cekberatanak.id to monitor child's weight development. How to enter the child data in the form of weight, birth date, and height to see the status of growth.

Let's prevent children from less weight problems by paying attention to their intake, namely by applying a balanced diet. In other words all the needs of calorie intake, such as carbohydrates, fats, until the protein must be filled with the right portion.

For children aged 0 to 6 months, mothers should routinely breastfeed. As for children aged 6 to 12 months, routine breastfeeding and application of weaning food method. This method allows the child to take food and put it into his own mouth or without being fed.

Meanwhile, if the child is older than 12 months, give the right caloric intake. Choose carbohydrate sources such as rice, potatoes, or whole grain products to meet carbohydrate needs. Meanwhile, to meet the needs of protein, the mother can provide processed fish and chicken. For example, made cakes or meat balls.

Caloric intake in children is very important to support the body's development system. Not only for the source of energy alone, but also to prevent children from less weight and grow up to be optimal.

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