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FAQs about Children's Nutrition

How your family dentist in Frederick, MD, can help you and your child stay healthy

You want your child to grow up strong and healthy. An important part of that is a healthy diet that provides great nutrition. Your family dentist, Dr. Suzanne Fohl of Frederick Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Frederick, MD, wants to help you and your child stay healthy. Accordingly, we have answered a few frequently asked questions about children’s nutrition to help keep your family well-informed:

How many cups of water should children drink each day?

It’s important for your child to stay hydrated, especially if they are active. For children between the ages of 4 and 8, 7 cups of liquid need to be consumed in a day. Liquids can be water, milk, or foods with a lot of liquid in them. Avoid giving your child liquids with a lot of sugar, like sodas.

What kind of healthy snacks can I give my child?

Some nutrient-filled healthy snacks include nuts, nut butters like peanut butter, fruits, air-popped popcorn, or vegetables.

Why is sugar so bad for my child?

Sugar contains no nutrients, just a lot of empty calories, which can cause your child to gain weight. Sugar also combines with the bacteria in your child’s mouth to form an acid that can cause tooth decay.

What about juices? Are they good for my child?

Juices have lots of sugar and lots of calories. They do have some nutrients, but your child will be better served by eating whole fruits. Your child will get the same amount of vitamins, along with fiber.

These are just a few common questions and answers about children’s nutrition. To view and print an informative Children's Food Pyramid Coloring Page, please click on this link: https://cdn.education.com/worksheet-image/280995/food-pyramid-coloring-page-life.gif

You want your child to be healthy, and you want to provide great nutrition. Your family dentist wants to help. To learn more about children’s nutrition and other pediatric dentistry topics and services, call Dr. Suzanne Fohl of Frederick Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Frederick, MD, at (301) 698-8200.

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