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Health benefits of Curd for infants and toddlers
Curd, the best summer food for Kids
The scorching summer is making people, especially children sick in Indian cities and villages. In cities like Chennai and Delhi, summer lasts for several months and brings extreme misery in the lives of people. Chicken pox, jaundice and urinary infection is very common among children in summer days. In the beginning week of may I heard from my son’s school principal that less than fifty percent of the students were present in school during May first week. Summer heat is making kids sick. Body heat is triggering diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, dehydration and weight loss in children. Eating sweets, meat, fried items and other oily foods make summer more intolerable for children. Stomach heat and diarrhea is very common among children during summer. The best food that can cool child’s body in summer is curd. Curd has immense health benefits and is a great food for babies.
Curd or yoghurt for healthy stomach, healthy colon
If child gets a diarrhea, the best food you can give him is curd. Rice with curd makes an excellent food combination. Curd rice would soothe child’s colon and arrest diarrhea. Curd would cool stomach and body. Curd is a natural probiotic and helps body regain the useful bacteria that is lost through antibiotic treatment. Infants and toddlers get severe diarrhea when they are treated for cold and other diseases through antibiotic. Antibiotic would wash off the useful bacteria from intestines leading to severe diarrhea in children. Curd and yoghurt would help body restore the lost bacteria. I give my child curd with rice whenever he is affected by diarrhea. Curd is a daily food for him. I give him curd rice as lunch every day. You can give curd vegetable mix salad along with roti or chappathi. Take a cup of curd and add sliced onion, carrot and cucumber. Add little bit of salt. Kids will like this salad along with their lunch. This salad would curb the body heat in hot and humid climate.
Including yoghurt in child’s diet
Include curd in toddler’s diet daily. If child likes to have sweetened curd, put few dates into curd. You can also add fruits and berries to curd. Kids will like this sweet form of curd. Make a habit of giving curd fruit salad every day. Some children like curd sweetened with sugar. Adding fruits is better than adding sugar. During summer season kids should be given a cup of salted curd or sweetened curd every day. But ensure that the child is not given yoghurt with high sugar content. Add sugar, just to give a light flavor. Sweetening with fresh fruits is the best.
Curd, an easily digestible healthy food for children
Curd gets digested easily. It is therefore recommended when the child is affected with stomach problem and diarrhea. Compared to milk and other forms of milk including ghee, butter and cheese, curd is the easily digestible form of milk. Unlike milk, curd is less likely to cause indigestion, stomach pain and diarrhea. Curd is therefore recommended for infants above 1 year of age. Adding fruits is better than adding sugar. During summer season kids should be given a cup of salted curd or sweetened curd every day. But ensure that the child is not given yoghurt with high sugar content. Add sugar, just to give a light flavor. Sweetening with fresh fruits is the best way.
Curd for health and immunity
It is found that children who are regularly given yoghurt are less prone to diseases compared to other children who don’t eat yoghurt. Curd is rich with bacterial cultures that would encourage the white cells that help fight infection. Children who are given curd in their daily diet would be less vulnerable to viral infections and bacterial infections.
Yoghurt, a wonderful source of calcium and minerals
Being a good source of calcium, curd or yoghurt makes a healthy food for children. Curd enables better calcium absorption in body compared to milk. Eating curd would give the best benefits of calcium. Even though milk is also rich in calcium, the calcium in the milk is not fully absorbed into the body. Curd is therefore more recommended than milk. Curd is also rich with protein and minerals that are essential for the growth of children. Curd allows a better absorption of minerals and calcium in the body because of the presence of lactic acid.