Complementary Feeding

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Eating well helps to fight infections. Therefore the mother must make sure that the child eats well during illnesses. Furthermore, additional food and water are needed to replace the food and water lost during diarrhoea and vomiting. The food also helps the gut to recover and absorb water.

Rice soup
1 cup rice
4 cups water
2 tablespoons pounded
2-4 teaspoons shredded/
pounded green leafy
1 light two-finger pinch of
a. Put the rice and water in the pot and cook
b. Cover the pot and cook until soft.
c. Options: add pounded groundnuts, grated carrots,
pumpkin, sweet potato and finely chopped garlic.
NB: Good for coping with lack of appetite, nausea /
vomiting, diarrhoea and digestive problems

Sweet potato soup
1 cup chopped sweet
¾ cup water
¼ cup pounded groundnuts
1 light two-finger pinch of
a. Peel sweet potatoes, cut
them and cook in little
water until soft.
b. Mash sweet potatoes and add more water to make soup.
c. Add pounded groundnuts and bring soup to boil, stirring
often and serve.
NB: Good for coping with lack of appetite, nausea /
vomiting. Sweet potatoes can be replaced with pumpkins

Rice is a high-carbohydrate food with 85percent of the energy from carbohydrate, 7 percent from fat , and 8 percent from protein . However, rice also has a considerable amount of protein, with an excellent spectrum of amino acids . The protein quality of rice (66%) is higher than that of whole wheat (53%) or corn (49%). Of the small amount of fat in brown rice, much is polyunsaturated . White rice is extremely low in fat content. A cup of cooked rice has approximately 5 grams of protein, which is sufficient for growth and maintenance, provided that a person receives adequate calories to maintain body weight or to increase it, if full growth has not yet occurred.

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