Time and again mothers hear about the importance of Breastfeeding their babies as it has optimal nutritional benefit for both physical and mental development of their little ones. It’s a part and parcel of growing up that our small wonders surprise us by refusing to eat the perfect meal plan instead indulge in junk food. As a part of routine struggles, most mothers daydream about the balanced food required for their growth and how to make them have it which includes an innocuous glass of milk.
Daily Milk Intake
Daily milk consumption varies in children as it is based on factors such as age and height. Empirically, the average milk intake in children is mentioned in the table below:
|Age Group||Milk Intake including other dairy substitutes|
|1-2 years||4 cups|
|2-3 years||2 cups|
|4-8 years||2.5 cups|
- 1 cup of Milk = 8 Ounce = 236.6 ml
- Please check whether your child is lactose intolerant. To know more read our next blog.
- Also, if he/she is not fond of doesn’t like milk you can substitute it with other dairy products like yogurt, soy milk and cheese.
Nutritional Information of Milk
Milk should be an imperative part of your child’s daily meal as it is rich in calcium required for strong and healthy bones. Research proves that children who have milk as a part of their daily diet while growing up are healthier than those who don’t. Milk is loaded with nutrients necessary for child’s growth, such as:
- It keeps child’s teeth and bones strong and healthy.
- It is essential for the proper functioning of nervous system and circulatory system.
- It prevents childhood obesity.
Vitamin D, or the sunshine vitamin
- It helps to absorb calcium from all the sources.
- It improves bone density.
- It is important for efficient circulation of blood.
- It helps in vision development.
- It helps in maintaining good skin.
- It strengthens the body against infections.
It helps to convert complex food into glucose, which is easily broken down to provide energy.
- It helps to lower cholesterol levels.
- It improves joint mobility, thus prevents conditions like arthritis.
- It is important for neuronal development as it is used in the production of the myelin sheath.
- It is essential in the production of red blood cells.
- It is essential in maintaining bone strength.
- It provides energy for metabolic reactions
- It aids in digestion, excretion and brain functions.
- It helps in maintaining healthy blood pressure level.
- It helps in reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Health Benefits of Milk for Toddlers & Pre-schoolers
Milk helps in maintaining both physical and mental health. Thus, essential for all rounded development of your child of which few are stated below:
- Strong and healthy bones as it is loaded with calcium.
- Crucial for child’s tooth development and dental health as it is rich in Calcium and Phosphorus.
- Keeps your child’s blood pressure levels in check.
- Keeps them hydrated.
- Promotes Healthy Heart reduces risk of cardiovascular disease in children.
- Provides vital Vitamin and Minerals
- Reduces risk of protein malfunction
- Reduces risk of rickets.
Fun ways to increase child’s milk intake
Undoubtedly, we can make a glass of milk look irresistible. Thus, including it as an essential part of growing up for our little one.
In the early 90s, while the India market was getting saturated with soft drinks, juices and health drinks there was a popular milk brand who came with an amazing idea of how to make milk look like the coolest drink for consumption by people across age while also describing its health benefits. I am sure you will like to hum your favorite dhoodh jingle and how much we still relate to it. Here is a list of fun ways to increase milk intake in your child’s daily meal:
Milk mixed with oatmeal or fortified cereals along with a bunch of nuts and raisins to add the extra zing.
Cold milk with vanilla or pineapple flavors can be really very tempting drink for kids.
Cold milk with strawberries, banana, mango flavors can satiate the taste buds of our little munchkins.
Delicious smoothies can be prepared if we mix milk with fruits, yogurt, ice cream.
Dunk their favorite biscuit or cookies to their not so favorite milk and make it a hit among children.