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How to make sure that your child gets enough protein #63PercentMoreProtein | Diet

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Don’t we all want our little ones to thrive? But sometimes, despite our best efforts, our kids don’t eat nutritious or balanced meals, compromising their growth and development. This case will make it clearer.

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Recently, a bright but puny 8-year-old Sameera walked into my clinic with her parents. Sameera was lagging in growth. She fell sick often and on top of that her grades were slipping because she seemed easily distracted. After some tests and a detailed discussion with her parents, a few things became clear.

Firstly, Sameera was a fussy eater. Mostly, she preferred only eating bread jam/butter, and cookies over fresh fruits, vegetables, and lentils. This meant she wasn’t getting the essential nutrients her growing body needed. Protein, being one of the nutrients, is like the building block for everything in our body, including the brain! Research suggests that protein plays a crucial role in the growth of children. When kids don’t get enough protein, it not only affects their physical growth but can affect their focus, memory, and even mood.

Secondly, Sameera’s screen time was a bit out of control and it can disrupt sleep patterns and concentration.

So, what did we do to help Sameera?

We created a meal plan that included balanced macronutrients like carbohydrates, protein and micronutrients. Also added more protein-rich foods like fish, eggs, and beans to meet the daily protein requirements. We also talked about the importance of a healthy breakfast to kick-start her day. We talked about adding a nutrition drink like Complan to her daily glass of milk to make it tastier and for her to get essential nutrients. 

Complan is scientifically designed with 34 essential nutrients including 100% milk protein, vitamins and minerals supporting overall growth and development. It also contains 63% more protein than other nutrition drinks. Complan is clinically proven to support 2x faster growth and also supports memory and concentration 

Further, we asked Sameera’s parents to set screen time limits and establish a regular sleep schedule. Remember, a well-rested child is a focused child!

Within weeks, Sameera showed progress in physical energy and growth. She was more responsive in class, completing her assignments on time. Even her teachers commented on her progress.

Sameera’s story isn’t unique. Many parents do not know how important the role of right nutrition is in the overall growth and development of the child.

What does protein do in our body?

Protein makes enzymes needed for metabolic functions like digesting food, blood clotting, muscle contractions, etc. Hormones are a kind of proteins that are crucial to growth and repair and a healthy metabolism. Proteins like Keratin (found in hair and nails) and Collagen give shape, support and structure to our body. Proteins help in taking signals between the brain and the body. (source)

What are the signs that your child is not getting enough nutrition 

Some of the following signs may point to severe malnutrition including protein deficiency. Please consult your pediatrician for future information

  1. Stunted growth
  2. Discoloured, dry brittle hair and skin
  3. Feeling less energetic or cranky
  4. Feeling hungry often 
  5. Swelling of feet or belly
  6. Falling sick frequently

How to make sure that your child gets enough protein #63PercentMoreProtein

Ensure a diet balanced with proteins

An easy hack to a balanced diet is by following this rule when serving your child

  • Half produce (fruits and veggies)
  • One-quarter protein ( see below for good sources of protein)
  • One-quarter of carbohydrates like rice, chapati, bread or pasta, etc
  • A serving of dairy on the side (milk, curd, paneer, cheese, etc)

 

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Some sources of high-quality proteins 

  • E‌ggs
  • Fish
  • Poultry 
  • ‌Dairy products like yoghurt, milk or cheese
  • M‌eat Beef or pork
  • ‌Soy products like tofu and edamame  

Unfortunately, some foods are not well absorbed by the body or sometimes the child is allergic to certain foods or worse they are just picky about what they eat. If the child is open to drinking milk, you can add Complan to improve taste and nutrition. With 100% milk protein and #63PercentMoreProtein than other nutrition drinks, Complan can be a good choice.

 

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Disclaimer: The views expressed in the blog content are independent and unbiased views of solely the blogger. This is a part of the public awareness initiative supported by Complan.

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla  in collaboration with Dr. Preeti Chauhan

 

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