Does Your Little One Get Enough Nutritional Intake?

Morinaga Platinum ♦ 19 July 2023

Does Your Little One Get Enough Nutritional Intake?

Normal growth and development of the Little One very much needs nutritional intake and good health condition of the body. Growth is a change in a person's physical size. It can be measured by weight, length, and head circumference. While the development is related to the maturation and addition of the ability of the function of organs or individuals. These two processes are related to each other. Unfavorable growth can be marked by a short height over age and failure to grow.

Height is determined by several factors including genetic and nutritional. Height increase of your Little One is said to be normal when it is within the height range in the general child population. Currently Indonesia uses the growth curve of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control Prevention (CDC).

Healthy and balanced nutrition is good for the body as a whole especially for growth and development of the Little One’s brain. The right foods can improve brain function, memory, and concentration.

Nutritious foodsand breakfast are essential to optimize your Little One's growth. In a research by Kleinman et al., it is mentioned that the Little One who does not get breakfast with adequate nutritional composition, after getting breakfast with a good nutritional composition, has an increase in academic ability and psychosocial function with his/her peers.

Nutrition that is important for the growth of the Little Oneare carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. The process of growing of the Little One runs very rapidly in the first two years of life and is the most important period in a lifetime. For the development of nerves and brain, the required nutrients are zinc, iron, iodine, folic acid, selenium, and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

How much does your Little One need the nutrition daily? According to United Kingdom Estimated Average Requirement, daily nutritional needs of a 5 year old are as follows:


Daily Adequacy

Energy (kcal/day)


Protein (gram/day)



33% of total energy


47% of total energy

Fiber (gram/day)


Zinc (mg/day)


Selenium (microgram/day)


Iodine (microgram/day)


Iron (mg/day)


The following table contains a guide for daily vitamin needs:


Recommended amount

A (microgram)

800 microgram/day (1-3 year)

D (microgram)

25 microgram/day (0-2 year)

E (miligram)

10 miligram/100 kcal

B3 (niacin)

2 miligram/day (1-3 year)

B6 (pyridoxine)

5 miligram/day (1-3 year

Folic acid

200 microgram/day (1-3 year)

C (miligram)

30 miligram/100 kcal

In order for the nutritional needs of the Little One is covered well, Mommy can provide the Little One with nutrition full of vitamin and minerals he/she needs, such as choline, DHA, probiotics and prebiotics, calcium and vitamin D. The content will maintain healthy body, support the development of brain function, and maintain bone and teethdensity.

By knowing and meeting the nutritional needs of the Little One, he/she will be more active. This will help the growth process optimally for a bright future.