: Calories-Calculating A Child's Daily Needs
In order to maintain normal growth and good health, your child
has two important needs: an adequate intake of calories, and a
balanced diet that supplies a wide range of essential nutrients.
Calories supply the energy needed for growth, and keep you from
feeling hungry. The number of calories a child needs varies according
to the child's size, growth rate and activity level.
In general, if you want to know how many calories (per day) your
child needs, a good rule of thumb for children up to 5 years of
age is to begin with a base of 1,000 calories and add 100 calories
for each year of your child's age.
A 1 year-old would need approximately 1000
+ 100 calories for 1 year, or 1100 calories/day.
A 2 year-old would need 1000 + 200 calories
for 2 years, or 1200 calories/day.
With this simple equation, you can calculate the approximate number
of calories your child needs in order to maintain normal growth.
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