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gradeschool: 5-12 yrs.

Nutrition is important to normal growth processes, and thus you should make an effort to ensure that your child con­sumes a well-balanced diet. Your child's need for calories rises during times of rapid growth, gradually increasing as she moves through middle childhood into puberty.

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Vegetarian Diets for Children

If your child is following a vegetarian diet, you need to guard against nutritional deficiencies. There are various degrees of vegetarianism, and the strictness of the diet will determine whether your youngster is vulnerable to nutritional shortcomings.