The growing organism requires a little more protein than the adult organism, but it has been clearly and definitely shown by numerous tests that the difference between the minimum amount required to maintain weight and the optimal requirement for growth is not great. Any excess of protein above the optimal requirement for growth does not increase the rate of growth. Nothing is to be gained from overfeeding on proteins. "Nitrogen, the chief ingredient of protein, is universally a good servant, but a bad master," says the British biologist, H. Reinheimer. It is therefore, best to avoid overfeeding of protein.

Mastication

The child should be taught early to thoroughly masticate all food. This is best done by giving it foods that require chewing when the child first begins to eat solid food. Many mothers feed their children mushes, gruels, and foods that have been put through a sieve (perhaps because the child specialist has ordered it), which may be swallowed without chewing. The result is they never learn to chew. Never give a child mashed food or mush. If the child can't chew its food it is not ready for that kind of food.

Number Of Meals

Give the child three meals a day, including his three nursings which are simply supplemented with these foods.

Combinations

It is necessary to observe the same rules for combining foods, when feeding these to the child as when feeding them to the adult.