Essay by lolliegaginde December 2006

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Proper nutrition in childhood can reinforce lifelong eating habits that contribute to healthy living. As much as food has become our way of life, so have the consequences of abusing it. During a child's first few years is when they grow and develop the most. During this period, it is important they receive all the vitamins and nutrients they need. If not, many will live with lifelong health problems and reminders. Obesity and tooth decay are the two most common negative outcomes of poor nutrition in children. Children tend to eat the same type of foods and develop the same habits of exercise of those around them. Parents should regulate the sugar intake, exercise regularly, provide nutritious foods and take responsibility for their nutritional needs and concerns.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is an issue that could easily be prevented and could lead to far worse. "Tooth decay in early childhood often stems from overconsumption of sweetened milk and juices in infancy, together with lack of regular dental care.

(Papalia, Olds, & Feldman, 2004, Pg. 215 & 8) Sugary liquids such as these dissolve the enamel from the teeth and causes decay which can lead to infection. Infection causes pain, which in turn causes disruption in eating and sleeping habits. Many believe they are baby teeth and are not important to the permanent teeth, which is wrong. Permanent teeth begin to develop at the age of six. Once a child is accustomed to a lifestyle, they do not change because they have new teeth. A proper diet and regular dental care should be instilled at a young age. Although baby teeth do not last forever, it is imperative to treat them with care for healthy permanent teeth.


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