The second year of life is a period of rapid growth and development associated with high nutritional needs and dietary change. Few recommendations exist to guide the feeding of children in this age group. This article reviews nutritional issues affecting the dietary quality in children during their second year, including requirements, dietary patterns, common nutritional problems, and existing feeding recommendations.
Kristen L. McConahy, MS, is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Nutrition & Growth Laboratory at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
Mary Frances Picciano, PhD, is a Senior Nutrition Research Scientist with the Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md, and a member of Nutrition Today ’s Editorial Advisory Board.
Corresponding author: Kristen L. McConahy, MS, Nutrition Project Coordinator, Division of Gastroenterology & Nutrition, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th Street and Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).