Young children (1–6 years)
Young children are usually very active and therefore need a plentiful supply of energy, best provided by carbohydrate, though some food rich in fat may be needed to reduce the dietary bulk. Because their stomachs are small, the traditional three to four meals a day have tobe supplemented by snacks between meals, the number of these snacks being greater in more active children. In addition, their dietary fibre intake needs to be kept at a modest level so as not to make the diet too bulky. Excess fibre can cause discomfort and even mild diarrhoea.