Researchers: Child’s Diet In First 3 Years Greatly Impacts Mental Health, Growth Development

Researchers: Child’s Diet In First 3 Years Greatly Impacts Mental Health, Growth Development


ABINGTON HEALTH, ARIA HEALTH AND KENNEDY HEALTH. WELL, YOU HAVE HEARD THAT SAYING YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT, WELL, ON THE HEALTHWATCH TONIGHT THAT IS SPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR CHILDREN. HEALTH REPORTER STEPHANIE STAHL IS HERE WITH THE NEW POLICY FROM THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRIC GOES ON THE IMPORTANCE OF DIET FOR YOUNG KID. REPORTER: THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR YOUNG WON. THE ACADEMY IS PINPOINTING FIRST 1,000 DAYS OF LIFE, PEDIATRICIANS SAY WHAT A CHILD EATS IN THEIR FIRST THREE YEARS CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON THEIR BRAIN DEVELOPMENT, AND THE REST OF THEIR LIFE. GET HERRING TWO CHILDREN TO EAT A HEALTHY DIET ISN’T ALWAYS EASY BUT JENNIFER SAYS IT IS A PRIORITY. WHEN YOUR KID EATS HEALTHY IT FEELS LIKE YOU ARE EATING HEALTHY. REPORTER: FOOD CHOICES IN THE FIRST 1,000 DAYS OF LIFE COULD IMPACT MENTAL HEALTH AND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT, ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS. IT CAN AFFECT THE CHILD LONG TERM IN TERMS OF THE COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT, ATTENTION, BEHAVIOR. REPORTER: AAP RECOMMENDS EXCLUSIVE BREAST-FEEDING FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS AND IT ALSO CALLS FOR PEDIATRICIANS TO RECOMMEND, MORE THAN JUST A GOOD DIET, INCLUDING, BRAIN BUILDING NUTRIENTS, FOR PREGNANT WOMAN AND YOUNG CHILDREN. THINGS LIKE CO LEAN, ANYTHING IN EGGS, IRON, IODINE , RED MEATS, BEANS, LENTILS, PROTEIN YOU CAN DO THINGS LIKE PEANUT BUTTER, OF COURSE, LEAN MEATS, ZINC, VITAMINS A, D AND B6 AND B12. REPORTER: NEW POLICY ALSO SAYS PEDIATRICIANS SHOULD TALK WITH PARENTS ABOUT WHICH FOODS SPECIFICALLY ARE HEALTHY AND NUTRIENT RICH, NOT JUST ALTERNATIVE TOSS JUNK FOOD. BUT IF I CAN GET SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT HEALTHIER IN HER WITH MORE BALANCE. IF I CAN GET A SLICE OF PIZZA BUT BRICKLY ON THE SIDE I WOULD BE SAYING IT IS OKAY NIGHT. PIZZA AND BROCCOLI. IN ADDITION TO THE NEW DIET RECOMMENDATIONS THE ACADEMY ISSUED A NEW STATEMENT APPLAUDING THE CONGRESSIONAL EXTENSION OF THE CHIP FUNDING FOR SIX MORE YEARS THAT PROVIDES HEALTH INSURANCE FOR NEARLY 9 MILLION CHILDREN. IN TERMS HAVE THESE DIET RECOMMENDATIONS THESE FIRST THREE YEARS IS REALLY IMPORTANT AND HELP THESE GOOD HABITS. THAT IS RIGHT.

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