How to make sure kids grow right for their age

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — One in three children under five years old in the Philippines experience being underweight or under height for their age.

But early childhood is an important developmental period that sets the foundation for long-term health.

Nutrient gaps

The problem is, many Filipino children are fed the same foods, so they lack specific nutrients. For example, those who mostly consume refined rice and sweet bakery products lack vitamins and minerals -- a no-no for raising healthy toddlers, who actually need 7.5 times more vitamins and up to 4.5 times more minerals per kilogram of body weight than adults to support their rapid growth needs.

Economic factors also play a part. Households with lower income are reported to have higher rates of inadequate nutrition in children, while kids from families with higher income tend to over-consume energy and fat.

Diverse diet and nutrients

Instilling good dietary preferences at a young age is key. A diet that is adequate and varied should provide toddlers and young children with all the nutrients they need. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Many toddlers fail to meet their recommended daily intake of critical micronutrients and protein.

To get them on the right track, Nutren Junior provides a nutritionally balanced formula specially designed for children above 3 years old struggling to meet their nutritional requirements with regular food. A special dietary formula that can be added to their diet, Nutren Junior provides the important nutrients needed to support rapid growth and development. It has vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 for brain support and Vitamins A, D, Zinc and Selenium for immunity.

Physical growth and protection

Looking ahead to the later years, Nutren Junior contains important nutrients that help children's physical growth. It contains calcium and phosphorus for normal bone growth in children, as well as high quality protein made of 50% whey and 50% casein, for their muscles.

Of course, before adding any fortified product to your child’s diet, it’s always best to speak with a health care provider to determine what’s best based on their individual history.

Nutren Junior is both gluten-free and lactose-free, and comes in a powder form that can easily be dissolved in water, for easy feeding and digestion.

Nutren Junior contains important nutrients that help children's development and gives them the protection they need as they grow.

Visit the Nutren Junior website and Facebook page for more information. Or shop online on its Lazada and Shopee official stores.