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Don’t worry too much if your child doesn’t seem to be eating enough. If his weight and size is on track , he’s probably getting what he needs. Just make sure to offer your child a variety of foods from all food groups to make sure he is getting the right nutrients. Your child’s doctor will monitor his growth at regular appointments and will let you know if there are any problems.
Dietary minerals are the chemical elements required by living organisms, other than the four elements carbon , hydrogen , nitrogen , and oxygen that are present in nearly all organic molecules . The term "mineral" is archaic, since the intent is to describe simply the less common elements in the diet. Some are heavier than the four just mentioned – including several metals , which often occur as ions in the body. Some dietitians recommend that these be supplied from foods in which they occur naturally, or at least as complex compounds, or sometimes even from natural inorganic sources (such as calcium carbonate from ground oyster shells). Some are absorbed much more readily in the ionic forms found in such sources. On the other hand, minerals are often artificially added to the diet as supplements; the most famous is likely iodine in iodized salt which prevents goiter . [ medical citation needed ]