​​​The Concerning Thing About Myanmar Children’s Development

Adequate nutrition is one of the important factors influencing a child’s growth, well-being and development. A balanced diet must contain sufficient amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, fat, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Dairy and milk products are a great source of nutrients for our children’s all-round growth and development.

Why a safe and nutritious diet is so important to children? It may surprise you to know that there are many children in Myanmar who are experiencing various forms of malnutrition which can have a negative impact on their growth and development. According to recent surveys by UN agencies, Myanmar is one of the countries with the highest malnutrition rates, as more than one-third of Myanmar’s children suffers from stunting.

Malnutrition has become a challenge, with several short-term and long-term consequences in children’s physical and mental development. As parents, we have the responsibility to ensure that our children, especially those who are in the crucial growing stage, get the best nutrition possible for their growth, well-being and healthy future. Let’s learn more about our children’s right development and how choosing the right milk products can help you do just that!

What is malnutrition and how can it affect your kid’s development?

Your children need a variety of nutrients for metabolism, growth and development. Malnutrition is a gap between the needed nutrients and the actual intake, which takes a toll on children’s growth. When children receive inadequate or insufficient nutrition, it can hold them back from reaching their physical and cognitive potential. Children who are undernourished are at high risk of chronic diseases related to nutrition in adolescence and are more likely to be short in adulthood, have lower educational achievements. But do not be frightened by these because they are preventable if you take action starting from now. Keep reading! 

Calcium Deficiency and Child Growth

The recommended daily intake of calcium for your children is 2-3 servings of milk products per day, but many Myanmar children don't consume these recommended intake. In a research performed by the Nutrition Research Division, 36% of Myanmar children drink milk less than once a week. The research also concluded that eating habits were a major contributor to nutrition problems. Calcium is a nutrient that builds strong bones, keeping the nerves and muscles working. It also plays a role in keeping the heart healthy. So let’s start providing more milk products to our children to ensure they are getting sufficient calcium and other nutrients for their optimum growth.

What should Myanmar parents do and how to choose the right milk products?

Children need a balanced diet with food containing vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and fat. And to prevent stunting and encourage bone growth, calcium-rich milk products and milk beverages are highly recommended as part of their daily meals and snacks. Choosing the right milk products are just as important to ensure your children are actually getting all the nutrients in a safe and hygienic manner.

UHT milk products are a great source for these nutrients as the milk products have been treated and sterilised at a high temperature for a very short period of time (4 seconds), ensuring bacteria is eliminated, while maintaining all its nutrients, benefits, taste and flavor – without the need for any preservatives. This is why they are called UHT, which stands for Ultra High Temperature. In addition, UHT milk products in Tetra Pak cartons are protected with aseptic (bacteria-free) six-layer cartons against light, oxygen or bacteria. The combination of UHT treatment of the milk products and the aseptic carton packaging allows you to keep the milk products for several months without the need for refrigeration before opening. That is why UHT milk products in Tetra Pak cartons make such a safe, nutritious and convenient option for mothers to provide the necessary nutrition for their children’s growth and well-being.

How to find UHT milk products in carton packaging? Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company, pioneered the UHT technology and you can find well-known milk product brands available in Tetra Pak cartons, including Vito, MILO, Dutch Mill, Chokchai Farm, Ovaltine, Lactasoy, Abevia, Bolt, PEP, Marigold and Cowhead.

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