Dietary Guidelines

If your child is underweight or experiencing growth failure
(diagnosis confirmed by a healthcare professional), increase their calorie
intake according to your healthcare professional’s recommendation.1

Easy-To-Follow Child Nutrition Tips:

1

Consult a healthcare professional to ensure appropriate management of your child’s height, weight, and other health problems.

2

Provide frequent meals for your child, but in small portions.

3

Provide food with higher calorie and protein content adapted to your child’s age through a variety of food groups and
supplement with high calorie formula:

A variety of food groups:

Rice and Cereal Products

Fruits and
Vegetables

Fish, Poultry, Meat
and Legumes

Milk and Dairy
Products

Sources of
Healthy Fat

Formula dietary food with high calorie content (e.g. 1kcal/1ml)

Food Pyramid

The food pyramid is a visual tool used as a guide to help parents to provide
a healthy, balanced, and varied diet for their children and help them achieve
the recommended nutrient intake.2

A balanced diet contains a combination of food sources that will provide all
the needed nutrients for your child. Thus, the food pyramid includes food
from 5 main food groups: rice and cereal products, fruits and vegetables,
meat and legumes, milk and dairy products, and sources of healthy fats.

The bottom level is the food group to be consumed the most, whereas the
top level represents the food group to be consumed the least.

Reference:
  1. Malaysian Dietary Guideline for Children and Adolescents. 2017.
  2. Nutrition Society of Malaysia. 2011. Nutritionist’ Choice Cookbook. Vol 1: Healthy Recipes for Your Little Ones.
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