What your child eats affects growth, development, and health. Anthonia Emezie, MD, of Covenant Pediatrics, PA, in Matthews, North Carolina, understands the importance of nutrition during childhood and has made it an important focus of her pediatric medical practice. For nutrition guidance for your child, call the office today, or book an appointment online.
Nutrition refers to the food and nourishment your child needs for normal growth and development. What your child eats provides all the energy, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients needed to support bone growth, muscle development, and brain function, as well as normal body functions.
The food your child eats also affects body weight, as well as your child’s health now and in the future.
Children need to eat the same healthy diet you do, but in different proportions due to their unique nutritional needs necessary to support growth and development. Ideally, your child should be getting a healthy mix of foods from all the food groups, including:
Dr. Emezie is an experienced pediatrician and can review the types of foods your child needs to support health and growth, and what should be limited, such as juice, sugary carbonated beverages, and non-nutritious snack foods.
Like adults, many children struggle with their weight. In most cases, it isn’t recommended that children go on restrictive weight loss diets if they need to lose weight. Instead, the focus should be on making healthier food choices and finding fun activities that help your child get more exercise so that they grow into their weight.
When it comes to helping your child get to a healthier weight, it’s important that the entire family be on the same page.
Dr. Emezie specializes in allergies and can help you identify the food(s) to which your child may be allergic and help you make changes to your child’s diet to avoid the allergen and prevent symptoms. She also provides epinephrine pens if your child has a severe food allergy.
Nutrition is an important part of your child’s health and wellness. If you’re struggling with what to feed your child, Dr. Emezie, who is also the mother of five children, can help with her knowledge and experience. Call Covenant Pediatrics today, or book an appointment online.