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The specific nutritional choices you and your youngster make are crucial. Good nutrition is essential to good health and the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to think of their nutritional decisions as health decisions.

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Energy In: Recommended Food & Drink Amounts for Children

​No child should be on a calorie-restricted diet, unless recommended by the doctor. However, parents need to be aware of their children’s calorie needs so that they can help their children maintain energy balance.