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Nutrition and Weight for Infants

What is Nutrition?

Nutrition is the most essential factor for the growth and development of infants in the first year of life. Infancy is a phase of rapid growth and it is mandatory to provide your child with an adequate amount of necessary nutrients to promote and support this growth stage. The nutritional requirement per pound of bodyweight is proportionally higher compared to any other stage of life. Nutrition, in the form of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, and vitamins provides energy and help in the development of your child. A general indicator of adequate nutritional intake is measured by how your child is growing in length and weight.

Nutrition and Weight Gain in Babies

Weight gain in babies depends upon the gestational age, size of your baby and overall health. In the first few days after birth, it’s natural for your baby to lose weight. This is explained as loss of water weight. After a few days, your baby starts gaining weight steadily. 

Nutritional requirements and amount of weight gain are closely monitored for premature babies to help them cope with the new environment. Your healthcare professional will discuss the nutritional requirements and the weight/growth chart of your baby.