The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends introducing infants aged six months or older to solid foods.
Essential to a child's growth and development, healthy eating is something that should be encouraged from an early age, as it will lead to a lifetime of better health and reduce risk of chronic disease later in life.
In those early stages of eating, it's important to focus on foods high in iron such as cereals, grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables.
As children begin to age, focusing on a well-balanced diet that contains a good mix of proteins, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats is encouraged to ensure they develop strong bones and muscles and a robust immune system.
Additionally, aim to incorporate forms of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants as they play a vital role in enhanced memory, concentration and cognitive function.
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Healthy eating tips from a family nurse practitioner