Give the Child Plenty of Simple, Good, Well-cooked, Nourishing Food - Adhere Strictly to the Three-meal Principle, and Allow no Food Between Meals - Porridge, and How to Make It Children Should be Given Milk with Every Meal

It is essential that a mother should have a knowledge of the right sort of food for children. Improper feeding, as everybody knows, is responsible for a large number of infant deaths every year. The management of infants from birth will be dealt with in a later series of articles.

Meantime, because the ignorance of mothers on suitable diet for childhood is so widespread, an article dealing with the feeding of older children should not be out of place.

Plenty of simple, nourishing food is essential to a child's growth and health. Whilst moderate eating is necessary in adult life, when growth has stopped, ample, plain food is a necessity for children during the period of growth. Children are not likely to overeat themselves with plain food, whatever they might do if we were foolish enough to give them as much sweets and cakes as they desired.

The object of taking food is to supply the tissues of the body, the muscles, nerves, skin, bones, and organs with sufficient material to nourish them and provide for their normal growth. If a child is underfed the tissues are starved, and normal growth cannot take place. If a child is overfed with unsuitable foods an attack of sickness and diarrhoea is nature's method of dealing with dietetic mistakes.

From two years to twelve years of age the nursery menus ought to receive careful consideration from the mother. Hours of meals and number of meals should be fixed and continually observed.

It is the duty of the mother to see that the nursery food is properly cooked. The object of cooking is to soften the food, to make it more digestible and palatable, and to prepare it for the digestive juices of the alimentary canal.