Helping toddlers stay healthy by Professor Berthold Koletzko, MD

little boy eating with a huge, happy smile

Nutrition and physical activity are important for a child’s health and well-being. A balanced family diet can generally cover a toddler’s particular nutritional needs.

However, recent surveys indicate that toddlers throughout Europe are often not receiving a sufficient amounts of nutrients, in particular with respect to vitamin D, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, and, in some countries, iodine. It is therefore important that parents keep the following guidelines to hand when planning their child’s diet: Generous amounts of fluids, preferably water or other unsweetened/sugar-free drinks Generous amounts of plant-based foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and potatoes Moderate amounts of animal-based foods such as milk, meat, fish and eggs Limited amounts only of sugar, sweets, salt, saturated fats, and processed snack foods Some children may Read more