Two studies revealed by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that infant nutrition children under six months of age may have excessively high blood sugar levels.

The International Organization states that good nutrition in childhood is fundamental to ensuring good nutrition for children. the proper growth and development of children. This may then be linked to the development of diseases such as obesity and childhood overweight.

WHO analysed approximately 7,955 food and beverage products marketed for infants and young children in 516 stores in 4 cities: Vienna (Austria), Sofia (Bulgaria), Budapest (Hungary) and Haifa (Israel). These included products which, although authorised by European Union legislation, do not specifically comply with WHO recommendations.

It has been shown that some of these foods for children under 6 months of age contain too high a level of sugar. In three of the cities, half or more of the products provided more than 30% of the calories from total sugars. One third of the products mention sugar, concentrated fruit juices or other sweeteners as ingredients.

Supplementary feeding

According to WHO, when breastmilk is no longer sufficient to meet the infant’s nutritional needs, complementary foods should be added to the infant’s diet. And so he calculates that in the low-income countries two out of five children suffer from stunting.

In this case, the food must be prepared and administered under safe conditions, i. e. by minimizing the risk of contamination by pathogenic microorganisms. In addition, and according to the Agency, they must be administered appropriately, which means that they must have a texture appropriate to the child’s age.

Recommendations for action

WHO recommends that infants start receiving complementary foods at 6 months of age, the first two or three times a day between the ages of 6 and 8 monthsthen between 9 and 11 months and 12 to 24 months, about three or four times a day. In all cases, the paediatrician will determine what the child can eat in each case and according to his or her age.

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