You are what you eat or so the saying goes. The same holds true for your potty training kiddo. It's important to understand which foods will hamper your child's growth and development since your child is your responsibility. Here are five foods your potty training kid should avoid:
Hard or crunchy foods: Believe or not, foods that are difficult for your child to chew can be choking hazards. Normal adult food like hard pretzels, popcorn and nuts as well as hard candies aren't the best option for your child. By avoiding these foods, your child's chances of choking is reduced and you also help them protect their little teeth.
Foods high in preservatives: According to the Child Development Institute, foods high in preservatives may cause behavioral problems in children who eat them. Foods such as sausages and preserved meat can have high levels of nitrates, nitrites and sodium benzoate. Be on the lookout for such ingredients like monosodium glutamate (MSG).
Caffeinated drinks: Consumption of caffeinated drinks is not a good idea for your potty training child. Caffeine has been linked to a myriad of health issues such as hypertension, increased risk of heart attacks and indigestion. Caffeine can also contribute to dehydration since it acts as a diuretic. You don't want to put your child at risk of experiencing any of these issues.
Large chunks of any food: Your child may not have the patience to properly chew his/her food. When food isn't properly chewed, it can lead to choking and indigestion. This problem can be prevent by only serving your child food that has already been cut up in small pieces. Cutting up your child's food in small pieces make it easier for portion control and helps your child stay healthy.
Aspartame: It can be difficult to appease your kid when he/she is craving something sweet besides fruit. Contrary to what many believe, fake sweeteners is not a viable option. There are different studies showing that aspartame has caused cancer in animals. It's best to not give your child items that can cause cancer.
What foods do you avoid feeding your potty training child? Share with us in the comments below!
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