Children and sweets: how much, when, what

Love for sweets lies in human nature. therefore
the child also needs a sweet: it is claimed by children’s nutritionists,
the same parenting experience tells us. The whole question is
How many sweets does the baby need for full development, with
what age should he give them, what should they be, so as not to
harm the child’s body.

The content of the article

  • 1 How a baby meets a sweet
    • 1.1 A child from one to three years old: what is possible for him from sweets
    • 1.2 Sweets after 3 years
  • 2 Useful properties of sugar
    • 2.1 More about the dangers of excessive sugar consumption.
    • 2.2 The most common parental errors
    • 2.3 Is there a substitute for sugar?
  • 3 Dr. Komarovsky: From what age can children eat?
  • 4 Союз педиатров России: Сколько ребенку можно есть
    sweet? Tips for parents

There are two parent camps: one categorically
against giving sweet to children for at least 3 years, others are not
see in the afternoon chocolate nothing bad. However and
those and others make mistakes in building relationships “sweetness –
child”. What kind? We understand together.

How a baby meets sweet

The child begins to get acquainted with the variety of food
именно с тех продуктов, в которых имеется sugar. First sweet
dish in the baby’s diet – mother’s milk containing lactose. But
even if the baby is bottle-fed, then all
Equal lactose is always added to infant formula.
In addition to it, one more product is added to baby food with
milk sugar content – maltose.

During the first year of life, the baby usually meets other people.
sweet foods. When a child begins to lure him
usually give juices and berry puree with the content of natural sugar.
Here, by the way, parental errors are possible.

Some mothers add sugar to cereal and vegetable puree.
In no case can this be done, otherwise the child may
taste distorted, he will refuse to taste savory
food, which in the future will almost certainly lead to overweight and
various diseases.

Another parent mistake is to add sugar to the water, which
give to drink to the child. Or – in tea. This is not desirable. It is better
water your baby with unsweetened water or tea so that it does not arise
excessive habits of sweet dishes.

A child from one to three years old: what can he do with sweets

When the baby is one year old, you can give him sweets
more. For example, in those dishes where appropriate, you can add
a little sugar.

It is useful to water the baby compotes and decoctions of dried fruit without
add sugar to them. It is useful to start to lure the child
berry or fruit mousses.

In addition, marmalade, pastila and
marshmallows. If you want to give your baby exactly a marshmallow, then it is better if he
will be creamy or vanilla. Fruit marshmallows giving
children is not desirable. They contain a lot of dyes and other
additives. For the same reason it is better to refrain from durum
marmalade: children are not able to chew them and swallow

After the child is 2 years old, you can begin
gradually lure him with jams and jams. They contain
dietary fiber, iron and potassium, which are much more useful than sugar.
Giving pure jam or jam to the baby should not be better
gradually add these products to porridge or as an addition to tea.
As for sugary carbonated drinks, they are for children.
categorically contraindicated.

It is important to know how much sugar a baby can consume per day.
Children’s nutritionists claim that the daily intake of sugar for the baby
at the age of 1-3 years should not be more than 40 grams. Clear,
that such a rule is to a certain extent arbitrary and it is determined that
is called, “by eye”, but parents should always have it
in mind. Chocolate and cocoa are very harmful to the child. Harmful will
и шоколадные конфеты, зефиры с добавлением шоколада, и прочие
treats that contain this product. Due to high
the child’s fat content in chocolate may be disrupted
the work of the stomach and pancreas.

Sweets after 3 years

From the age of 3, the child is gradually introduced to
other sweets, bearing in mind that consuming more
 sugar per day is harmful for the baby. Little by little in the diet can
вводить  пряники, печенье и варенье, мед. If the baby is all in
okay with the stomach, you can treat it to chocolate. Start better
from white and dairy varieties, and after 5 years – to give others

Many child nutritionists and parents are convinced that
dried fruit is much more useful than the same candy. And they are right: in
dried fruits are many vitamins, dietary fiber, trace elements,
squirrel. All this is very useful for the growing children’s body.

So it would be great if parents can talk it out.
child from candy, completely replacing them with dried fruit.


As for flour sweets, parents should
treat with caution. For the manufacture of cookies, gingerbread,
waffles пирожных, тортов  идет мука высших сортов с
adding a lot of fat and sugar. Accordingly,
such products increased calorie, but healthy vitamins,
proteins, minerals and other beneficial substances there, on the contrary, are very
few. Especially for a child’s body, cream cakes and
cakes: they contribute to the development of microbes in the children’s body, and
because the baby can get sick or poisoned.

Separately, it should be said about honey. Its healing properties are good
are known. However, a lot of honey in the diet of preschool children
can be harmful due to the fact that it can cause a child
allergies. Until the baby is 3 years old, give him honey at all.
not recommended. Upon reaching the age of three honey
It is added to some children’s dishes, but not more than one tea
spoons per day.

Useful properties of sugar

Sugar is a very important product for life.
person Here are some of its most valuable properties:

  • Thanks to sugar, immunity increases, and, besides, it is good
    cold is treated;
  • It adds vitality to a person, helps to recuperate.
    and improve performance;
  • Sugar improves mood and improves sleep;
  • Sugar can reduce pain; In addition, it helps to eliminate
  • The use of products containing sugar reduces the risk
    liver disease, since this product is able to deduce from
    liver toxins;
  • It is an excellent brain stimulant and
    reduces appetite.

It should be borne in mind that all these useful qualities manifest
only when sugar is not abused. Abused
the body is harmed instead of good.

Read more about the dangers of excessive sugar consumption.

However, if there is too much sugar, it’s for a child.

  • Excess sweets leads to the fact that the baby is reduced
    appetite. Over-fed sweets baby is unlikely to eat porridge
    or soup. As a result, he will receive less necessary for normal
    body developmental substances: trace elements, acids, proteins,
  • In children who consume an excessive amount of sweet treats,
    caries develops very quickly. Iris are especially dangerous in this regard.
    and candy;
  • Due to the large amount of sweets in the children’s body
    disrupted the correct metabolic process, which is why
    heartburn, nausea, stomach pain;
  • In children, sweet tooth develops obesity and excess weight. because of
    This may be a violation of the central nervous
    systems, immunity can decrease, develop diabetes,
    start interruptions in the work of the cardiovascular system. Obesity
    affects the child’s psyche, which in turn can lead to

The most common parental errors

Responsibility for the rational use of sugar is largely
on parents. If mom and dads explain to kids that a lot
sweets – it is harmful, then they themselves, along with the children should eat
not cakes with gingerbread, and porridge and soup.
Otherwise, the child may
suspect parents of hypocrisy. And then the famous will work.
the principle “the more forbidding the sweeter”. In other words, the kids will start
spite parents secretly overeat all sorts of sweets as a result
which they may develop diseases of the stomach, liver,
pancreas, disrupt metabolism.

Here are some mistakes moms and dads (and at the same time grandmothers and
grandparents) concerning children and sweets:

  • Sweetie as a reward. It often happens that the child is promised
    some sweetness in exchange for the right mom, dad, grandmother or grandfather
    action or inaction on the part of the child. �”You clean the room –
    get a chocolate bar “,” Stop whimsing – I will give gingerbread “,
    �”Tell a poem – buy a cake.” Such words can be heard
    all the time. The mistake here is that the child will
    getting sweets a lot more than he needs for normal
    development. In addition, very soon the baby will understand its own benefits, and
    will require a sweet reward from parents for literally every
    your act. And it will certainly develop in the baby selfish
  • Complete ban on sweets. This is the opposite parent.
    extreme and, accordingly, an error. Reasonable amount of sweet
    useful for a child. In addition, such a ban to perform in
    In practical terms, it is hardly possible. Child can treat
    sweets grandmother or a kind aunt, other children in kindergarten
    or on the street, etc. As a result, the baby may think about
    why others treat him sweets, and mom and dad – forbid,
    what could lead to an open conflict between a child and
  • Allowing you to eat sweets as much as you like. It,
    perhaps the most dangerous parental mistake. At first, probably
    the delighted child will indeed “eat as much as he pleases,” but
    only as long as the parents are not sick should strictly
    control the amount of treats eaten by the kid and explain
    what harm sweets can do;
  • The belief that only candies can be harmful. but
    sugar, as is known, is contained not only in sweets, but also in other
    confectionery, as well as in fruit, pastries, soda and so on
    Therefore, parents are obliged to monitor not only sweets, but also
    other sweets eaten or just about to eat

Is there a substitute for sugar?

Despite the fact that sugar within reasonable limits is useful for children,
in its pure form, it is desirable not to offer the child. It will be better
if instead of sugar the baby will use its substitutes. Such
a lot of substitutes. Most of them are much safer for
baby’s health than sugar.

Here is a list of them:

  • Eastern sweets: kozinaki, Turkish delight, halvah;
  • Pastila of all kinds;
  • Oat and fresh varieties of cookies;
  • White varieties of marshmallows;
  • Various dried fruits, especially raisins, dried apricots, prunes,
    dates, apples;
  • Natural jams, preserves, juices, compotes;
  • Chocolate;
  • Honey.

All of these products contain fructose and glucose,
performing the same role in the body as sugar. By the way, dining
sugar can be replaced with cane. Cane sugar much
better for the child. It is many times less heavy carbohydrates in
compared to regular sugar: for this reason it is easier to digest and
promotes proper digestion. Cane sugar, in contrast
from the table, contains many useful elements and minerals:
calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus.

A separate answer requires the question of whether it is not harmful to give
sweets for children with diabetes or allergies. In this
The case requires medical advice. The pediatrician will determine how
treat the child and explain exactly what sweets and in which
quantity is permissible. However, even before consulting a doctor,
know that such children cannot in any way chocolate and others
Chocolate Confectionery. Children’s doctors
they warn that with allergies and diabetes especially
all kinds of candy and caramel are harmful.

We also read:

  • When can a baby start giving sweets?
  • Opinion moms: can and should a child under 3 years of age to give salt and
    sugar. + Consultation of Dr. Komarovsky and Professor of Pediatrics
    Sergey Nyankovskogo

Dr. Komarovsky: From what age can children eat?

Доктор Комаровский ответит на вопрос, с какого возраста  и
why children can eat sweets and what kinds of it

Союз педиатров России: Сколько ребенку можно есть
sweet? Tips for parents

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