The food pyramid is a graphic designed to illustrate in a simple and direct way a model of healthy and balanced reference diet. At the base of the pyramid are placed the foods that must be consumed more frequently and in larger amounts. As you climb the layers, however, we find the foods that should be consumed moderately, up to the top where you find the foods that should be eaten only occasionally. In the case of early childhood, the food pyramid can be a very useful reference to accompany the growth of the child and meet his nutritional needs. Obviously better not to act independently: always consult your pediatrician who will provide all the necessary information regarding weaning and feeding. In the path of the child’s nutrition it’s possible to identify two fundamental pyramids:
- From 5 to 6 months, in which the introduction of a food other than breast milk or formula occurs: the first baby food
- From 6 months onwards, new meals are gradually introduced
The first food pyramid includes cereal creams, pasta combined with the first vegetable soups and the gradual introduction of meat and fish proteins in the form of puree. The remaining meals are always made of breast milk or formula. The second pyramid instead, provides four meals a day, divided into two feedings and 2 baby foods. Among the baby foods, there is the introduction of meals such as rice cream, semolina, vegetables, fruit and egg yolk. In summary, these are the two food pyramids for the first months of the child. For any questions, always ask your pediatrician who will be able to give you the correct indications for feeding your infant.
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