Daily Calorie Requirement And Calorie Intake For Children

By | December 10, 2008

Calorie Needs And Daily Calorie Requirement Calculator

Can somebody tell me what the average calorie consumption for a 15 month old hispanic child ? I know somebody who is a rather thin child and was wondering about that figure. Thanks

Depending upon the child’s size and activity level the average calorie consumption of a 15 month old Hispanic child should be around 950 – 1050 calories per day. One of the best ways to correctly judge the number of calories that your toddler requires is to supply approximately 40 calories for each inch of the child’s height. Between the ages of one and two, toddlers must be given a wide variety of nutritional foods such as breads, cereal gains, rice and pasta, dairy products such as full fat milk, cheese and yogurt, fruits and vegetables, fish, eggs and poultry and fortified toddler food. It should be noted that no more than 480 ml of milk must be given per day.

Calorie Requirements And Calorie Consumption For Children

It is essential to include in full fat milk in order to provide nutrition for toddlers under the age of two. Protein is essential for the growth of the child at that particular age and it can be supplied by milk, fish, eggs, poultry, legumes and cheese.  Calcium is also important for strong bones and teeth and is primarily derived from milk and milk products, as well as from leafy green vegetables. It is also important kids particularly in this age group consume adequate water, as children have a higher proportion of water in their bodies than adults. More importantly, children at that age are also likely to get dehydrated more quickly than adults. Fat is also an essential component in a child’s diet as it helps to provide the necessary calories and nutrients for children who are active and growing. At the same time, restrict their intake of sugary foods as these provide very few nutrients and are the biggest cause of tooth decay. Although fruits and fruit juices are necessary, do not provide more than 4 – 6 oz of juice a day.

Most pediatricians have ways to boost the child’s consumption habits, and other than resorting to dietary supplements.  Even if the child has one or two good meals a day, it is usually fine as long as the required amount of calories is present in those meals. It is important to consult with your pediatrician on the specifics of your child’s diet as younger toddlers are not likely to eat much. Speak to your doctor if you are concerned about your child’s eating habits, especially if your child is not eating a balanced diet. It is necessary to check for certain imbalances such as iron deficiency anemia. However under no circumstances should you give your child multi-mineral or vitamin supplements, without consulting with a pediatrician.