During the growing years between infancy and adolescence, adequate nutrition is of utmost importance. The child's diet will not only support their normal growth and development, but also supports their immune system, and develops lifelong eating habits. In the early days, especially in the first six months after birth the child must be on exclusive breastfeeding. It is the only way to induce nutrients in such stage to achieve optimal growth, development, and health. Although dietary needs, appetites, and tastes will vary widely throughout childhood, it is important to consistently provide the child with healthy options from all of the major food groups. Good nutrition is essential to good health.