The Daily Nutritional Guide Pyramid for Filipino Children (1-6 years old) developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) recommends giving the child a glass of milk daily. The nursing mother can now introduce whole milk into her child’s diet aside from breastmilk because the digestive system can now handle large proteins found in milk. Not only that whole milk contains calcium and fat, so the mother can be assured that her child meets his nutritional requirement.
Aside from milk, the mother can also start giving her child fresh fruit or fresh fruit juice as they are rich sources of vitamins and mineral which he needs for his growth and development. The nutrients found in fruits help boost the child’s immune system. The recommended intake is 1 to 2 medium size fruit (e.g. 1 small apple, 1 piece banana, 1 small orange) or 1 slice of a big fruit (1 slice ripe mango, 1 slice ripe papaya). The child should be given also at least 4-7 glasses of water everyday.#