The following is lifted from Facts for Life, Philippine National Edition, published by the Philippine Information Agency in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
The Prime Messages on Child Growth
- Children between the ages of six months and three years should be weighed every month. If there is no weight gain for two months, something is wrong.
- Breastmilk alone is the best possible food for the first six months of a child’s life.
- By the age of six months, the child needs other foods in addition to breastmilk.
- A child under three years of age needs food five or six times a day.
- A child under three years of age needs a small amount of extra fat or oil added to the family’s ordinary food.
- All children need foods rich in vitamins and minerals especially Vitamin A.
- After an illness, a child needs extra meals to catch up on the growth lost during the illness.
- Talking, playing, and showing love are essential for a child’s physical, mental, and emotional growth.