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At Abbott, we know that good nutrition is critical for your child's mental and physical development during the first months and years. Learn about nutritional needs at each stage of development by navigating through the pages on the left.

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Fussy & Picky Eating: Eating Problems & Life Stages

Are mealtimes characterised by arguments and stress? Mom, you may have a picky eater on your hands.

Childhood days are often marked by phases of fussiness.

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Healthy Eating: The Growing Years of Childhood

Childhood is a time of rapid growth. A child grows in height and weight, of course, but important organs like the brain and digestive tract are also developing quickly. During these years, it is important for parents to provide everything a child needs for growth and development and to prevent diseases later in life. Tastes and eating habits formed now will also form the foundation for your child’s tastes and diet in the future.

The information in this section is intended to help parents make sure that their growing child is well prepared for the life ahead.

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PediaSure Complete® / Ensure® Recipes

From Tuna Salad to a Fruit Smoothie, see our 19 PediaSure Complete® / Ensure® recipes here.

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Brain & Eye Development: Learn about your child's developing sight and mind

Just think – even while you are reading this page, your child's brain is growing and developing. In fact, it will triple in size by early childhood! Here is what is going on up there.

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Immune System Development

Your child's immune defense is an intricate system that includes certain cells, tissues, and organs. With about 70% residing in the intestinal tract, your immune system works like a door to protect the body from bacteria, viruses and other foreign ‘invaders’ that can cause illness.

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Bone Development: Strong bones make strong bodies

Did you know there are 206 bones in the adult body? They provide structure for the body and protection for the organs, and they make it possible to walk, run and move about. Skeletal development is most rapid in infancy, and bones grow and strengthen in childhood. They must last a lifetime, so you want them to start healthy and strong.

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Fussy & Picky Eating

If you consider your child a fussy or picky eater, you're not alone.

It’s quite common for parents to describe their children as fussy or picky about what they eat. In fact, a study of eating behavior in young children found that up to 50% of caregivers believe their children to be picky eaters.

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Dehydration

When a child has diarrhoea, with or without vomiting, large amounts of fluid and electrolytes are lost from the body. This excessive fluid loss can lead to dehydration – when the body loses so much water that it can no longer function efficiently. If a child has both diarrhoea and continued vomiting, dehydration may become even more dangerous. Certain minerals, including potassium, sodium and chloride, are known as electrolytes and are vital for proper cell function and growth.

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