Vegetarian diets for children
To grow and develop normally, children need to eat foods from all of the food groups such as breads and cereals, vegetables, fruits, meat and meat alternatives (foods rich in protein, Iron, Zinc and Vitamin B12) and dairy foods.
To avoid missing out on important nutrients, meat, chicken, fish and eggs need to be replaced with foods that will provide protein, vitamins and minerals. Planning is needed to make sure they eat a balanced diet.
To find out more about vegetarian diets for children have a look at the resource developed by dietitians at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, South Australia:
This is one of many resources that have been developed by Nutrition and Food Services department of the Women's and Children's Hospital
There is also a topic Vegetarian eating for young people on our website.
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.