There are a number of factors that go into the healthy development of a child and it is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to best care for their children in Perth or anywhere else. One of the most important of these is that each child receives proper nutrition on a daily basis. This greatly affects how the child will develop both physically and behaviourally.
The Adverse Effects of Bad Nutrition
As the old adage goes, “you are what you eat.” This applies to children most especially. If a child is receiving a healthy and plentiful daily dose of vitamins and minerals, he or she will grow to be stronger. However, if he or she is lacking, long-term health will suffer.
While it may seem obvious that poor nutrition could cause physical problems, it can also lead to problems in behavioural development. Not only can physical problems arise, but children with poorer nutrition also have more behavioural problems in school and may have trouble fitting in socially. Lower IQ’s have also been reported. This is primarily because if the brain doesn’t receive what it needs, it weakens along with the rest of the body.
Who are at Risk
While those that work in childcare already know the importance of good nutrition, many people in Perth and elsewhere might not realise just how easily poor nutrition can affect a child. It is not just the severely malnourished that are at risk for these issues. In fact, those who are undernourished are the focus of most studies and have reported these problems as well.
While there some seem to be a positive correlation between poor nutrition and lower socioeconomic class, every child is at risk for low nutrition, making a healthy diet that much more important.
Poor nutrition is a major cause of slowed development among children and just about every child could suffer these consequences if they do not stick to a healthy diet. We strive to promote a healthy diet at each of our day care centres in the Perth area.
For more information about us, please call our Bertram centre at +61 (08) 9419 1844, our Carlisle centre at +61 (08) 9472 4702 and our St James centre at +61 (08) 9358 4673.