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how much protein does a 2 year old need?

post #1 of 7
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I searched online and "they" recommend about 16 grams of protein a day, which seems awfully low, although given the tendency to recommend very high carb diets I guess it isn't surprising. Anyhow, does anyone have any idea how much protein is optimal for a toddler? I'm concerned that my DD doesn't get enough as she eats maybe a couple of ounces of meat a day and that's really the only source of protein in her diet (she has multiple food intolerances).
post #2 of 7
i'm not sure about actual amounts but i would go by how much protein you and dc's father need to function well...if you need a lot, i would try to encourage more protein. i would also go by behavior. i've noticed when ds gets too many carbs he seems to get too hyperactive.
post #3 of 7
I'm sorry that I can't give you a good number either. But I do think it's very individual. Dd and I both need a fair amount of protein most days to function, while my dh (who had allergies to meat as a child) does better with lower protein higher carb diet. I notice with both dd and I that if we get plenty of fat, we don't seem to need as much protein.

From some of your recent posts, I get the sense that you're not able to trust your dd's lead on what she is eating because her gut health is compromised? That is really difficult. If it were my dd, I would continue to offer safe protein containing foods as often as you can, and allow her to choose when to eat them. Unless she were showing signs of deficiency, in which case I'm not sure what I'd do . . . probably consult with a naturopath or nutritionist or a doc or something. Sorry, that wasn't very useful.
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I'm sorry that I can't give you a good number either. But I do think it's very individual. Dd and I both need a fair amount of protein most days to function, while my dh (who had allergies to meat as a child) does better with lower protein higher carb diet. I notice with both dd and I that if we get plenty of fat, we don't seem to need as much protein.

From some of your recent posts, I get the sense that you're not able to trust your dd's lead on what she is eating because her gut health is compromised? That is really difficult. If it were my dd, I would continue to offer safe protein containing foods as often as you can, and allow her to choose when to eat them. Unless she were showing signs of deficiency, in which case I'm not sure what I'd do . . . probably consult with a naturopath or nutritionist or a doc or something. Sorry, that wasn't very useful.
I need a lot of protein, DH just eats junk so who knows about him.

It's basically a situation where I have to figure out how much meat (which is her only protein source) DD needs. Because of her food chemical sensitivities I have been buying special more expensive meat which only she eats, and if I give her more than she eats, I can't save it for her to have later, it either gets thrown away or I eat it. So I can't really just have a ton of meat in the meal ready for her to have however much she wants, I give her a pre-set amount and if she wants more than I thaw more out for her...and then sometimes she doesn't want it by the time it's ready. And sometimes she won't eat any meat at all unless I really encourage her to eat it, and I definitely don't think that's good for her (the not having any protein).
post #5 of 7
why can't you keep leftovers and re-heat them? then she'd have more choice.
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why can't you keep leftovers and re-heat them? then she'd have more choice.
She's sensitive to a food chemical called amines that builds up in protein foods as they age, and leftover meats are too high in amines.
post #7 of 7
<hug> I'm just sympathizing on the amine thing.. ds is gluten, casein, salicylate intolerant and we all react to amines, only not as badly as your dd it sounds... amines are SO HARD!
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