Posts for tag: Children's Nutrition

By Surfside Pediatrics
April 09, 2020
Category: Pediatrics

Healthy children need to follow a nutritious diet. Too much fast and sugary food only leads to bad eating habits that follow kids into adulthood and often create chronic medical conditions. Read on to learn how you can maintain proper nutritional habits for your child, and contact Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, if you have any further questions.

Importance of Good Nutrition for Your Child

Making sure that your children eat a balanced diet has a multitude of benefits. Good nutrition helps kids:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid chronic medical conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes
  • Experience normal, physical development
  • Avoid cognitive and motor development delays
  • prevent depression, anxiety, and ADHD
  • Improve their moods

How to Improve Your Child's Nutrition

There are many things you can do to improve your child's nutrition. Ask your Ventura, CA, pediatrician to provide you with ideas, and consider the tips below:

  • Serve as a good role model by eating a healthy diet and exercising. Kids will more likely follow your example. In contrast, if you spend most of your evenings eating junk food and watching TV, your child will emulate your bad habits.
  • Serve your child breakfast each morning. It jumpstarts the metabolism and provides kids with the energy they need to face the day.
  • Avoid processed foods as much as you can. For example, instead of handing your kids a cup of applesauce, hand them an apple instead. While it may not be possible to avoid all processed food, read product labels before you buy something. If one of the ingredients is a word you can't pronounce, try to find another item that has more natural ingredients.


Speak With a Pediatrician

Helping your child eat a nutritious diet lays the foundation for a healthy lifestyle as an adult, and aids in cognitive and physical development. If you would like more information on the topic, contact Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, at 805-643-7500 to speak with a pediatrician.

By Surfside Pediatrics
February 07, 2018
Category: Health

What your pediatricians in Ventura, California want you to knowchildrens nutrition

Making sure your child eats a healthy diet can sometimes be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a lot of misconceptions about what a healthy children’s diet should look like. You as a parent, probably have a few questions too. Your pediatricians at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, California want to help answer some frequently asked questions about children’s nutrition.

How many cups of water should children drink each day?

If your child is between the ages of 4 and 8, 7 cups of fluid need to be consumed per day, in the form of water, other liquids or foods.

What are some healthy snacks I can feed my child?

There are many healthy snacks perfect for children including nuts, an apple or banana along with peanut butter.

What’s so bad about sugar?

Sugar is empty calories which can make your child gain weight but provide no nutritional value. Sugar intake also affects your child’s teeth, causing tooth decay and other dental issues.

Are juices good for my child?

Juices often contain lots of sugar, along with lots of calories. They do provide some vitamins, but eating fruit instead of drinking juice is far better for your child. Eating fruit provides all the same vitamins along with fiber, which is essential to keep your child healthy.

These are just a few of the commonly asked questions about children’s nutrition. To view and print a handy Children’s Food Pyramid Coloring Page, please visit

For more detailed information about children’s nutrition, please visit the Children’s Nutrition page on the Surfside Pediatrics website at

Your child deserves a long and healthy life and it all starts with good nutrition. To find out more about nutrition and other pediatric topics call your pediatricians at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, California today!

By Surfside Pediatrics
July 27, 2015
Category: Health

From birth, a child's nutritional needs are of the utmost priority. At Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, California, the doctors and nurse practitioners have the skills and experience to help parents make good choices for their children's nutrition. Here are a few of the common questions our medical professionals hear from parents and caregivers about the best way to keep children well-fed and Infant nourished.

Why is breastfeeding so important?

Breastfeeding an infant for at least six months is suggested by a variety of credible health organizations; its benefits make it the best way to nourish infants. It contains important nutrients that babies can easily digest and helps to boost immunity against a number of infections and allergies. However, some women are unable to breastfeed for medical reasons, their anatomical makeup, or their lifestyle. In these cases, infant formula is available; it contains similar nutrients as breast milk, although the antibodies can only be passed to a baby from the mother. Talk to your Ventura pediatrician to help determine the best choice for your child's nutritional needs.

When can my child start solid foods?

Breast milk or formula can satisfy a child's nutritional needs for the first four to six months of life, but they will need a gradual introduction to solid foods after this time. Babies usually give their caregivers several cues to show their readiness for this stage - the muscles in their head and neck have developed, they can sit upright with support, and they begin to show interest in others' food at mealtime. The medical professionals at Surfside Pediatrics recommend starting with just a few tablespoons of rice cereal at a time. This can be followed by pureed fruits and vegetables at approximately six to eight months of age. These foods should be introduced one at a time over a period of few days in order to determine any allergic reactions. Honey should never be fed to a child until after their first birthday; an infant's digestive system is unable to process the spores honey may contain.

Should I allow my child to snack?

After the age of 1 year, your Ventura pediatrician suggests enhancing your child's nutrition by offering a variety of foods to snack on from each of the food groups - grains, meats, fruits/vegetables and dairy. Since toddlers often do not eat much at one sitting, young children may need to eat the regular three meals a day with two or three snack times scheduled in between. This helps establish a pattern of good eating behavior, while allowing your child to have some control by choosing from healthy snacks such as fruit, cheese or whole grain cereals. Both snacks and meals should always be low in fat and sugar to curb poor habits later in life.

Periodic checkups with your child's Ventura pediatrician will keep track of their nutrition as they grow. Make an appointment with Surfside Pediatrics today to learn more about how to keep your child healthy.

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