Saturday, 2 July 2016

Growing children and catching up on lost growth with Horlicks Growth+

Unbelievable sights
Indescribable feeling
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling
Through an endless diamond sky
A whole new world

A hundred thousand things to see

I'm like a shooting star
I've come so far
I can't go back to where I used to be

A whole new world

With new horizons to pursue

I'll chase them anywhere
There's time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you...

The lines above are from the song ''A whole new world'' from the animated movie Aladdin, the scene shows us how Aladdin takes his lady love Jasmine on a magic carpet ride for the very first time and the song describes their feelings for each other.

Though if you read the lines again they could be sung by parents to their little children as well.

A magical ride is what I can best describe parenthood as. The joys, the smiles the love and kisses that one receives are like no other.

As a mother my constant and all encompassing thought is always with regards to the well being of my child. Is he adequately fed?, is he nutritiously fed?, did he sleep well?, does he interact with persons besides family?, for that plays an important past of a child's social and psychological development too.

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As a child's major development happens between the ages of 3 and 9, this is the golden period for parents to pull up their socks and make it imperative for their children to receive overall nutrition.

Often even cautious and caring parents are at the receiving end of toddlers with fussy eating habits or an illness in a child during their developing years.

A case in point would be my own illness, that I suffered from when I was seven years old, A double whack of malaria followed by typhoid left me weak for years to come and my hemoglobin levels never returned to normal.

Growth lost in early childhood requires specialised nutrition in order to catch up, but parents must make sure that adequate nutrition is provided so that catch up growth happens.

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Children require a balanced diet which boosts their growth and development both physical and psychological that need to be met. Height and weight though two major determinants of a child's growth are not the only milestones. Preschoolers need overall development as their motor skills increase they are less dependent on help from parents and start doing more activities independently.

Thus it is recommended that kids eat more of foods that contain protein like milk, pulses, dairy products, more of vegetables and fruits for their vitamins and less of junk food that gives empty calories. But try explaining this to a child.

A glass of whole and skimmed milk gives about 8 grams of protein; so if your child drinks about 2 glasses of milk, he or she gets about 16 grams of protein. This fulfills about 60% of protein requirement for a 10 year old. So only by drinking milk, your child can get half of his or her daily requirement; the other half can be provided by a healthy diet.

But what if your child is too fussy about drinking milk by itself ? What does a parent do then? In such an event one needs to look out for an additive which adds nutrition and taste to milk. Health drinks like Horlicks Growth+ more than anything else have malt in them which gives taste and flavor to milk. Other than that, it is also fortified with minerals like iron and vitamin C which milk lacks, thus upping the nutrition ante.

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Nutritionists say that, nutritional drinks are not indispensable, these are required today because kids have become fussy about what they eat and drink. If you think your child is not getting the required nutrition for his age, these options are necessary.

Don't let your young ones suffer due to lost growth, make a change today.

2 comments:

  1. Wow !! Nice article :) Those opening lines make it real special !

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    1. Thank you dear, I'm sure all parents can relate to them :-D

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