CHOLESTEROL AND TRIGLYCERIDE PROBLEMS
Both substances are important parts of the liquid part of blood and all body cells. They are produced by the liver but also enter a child's body in foods containing fats. Problems may develop later in your child's life when levels of either, or both, are too high. High levels can cause plaques to develop in the arteries of the heart, brain, kidney, and other areas. These plaques can eventually cause clogging, removing nutrition and depriving important tissues of the body of oxygen.
Heredity, stress, medicines, and diet can all cause elevated levels. A child's diet that contains high levels of saturated fats (found in eggs, fatty meats, butter, some margarines, some oils, nuts, and whole milk products) can lead to high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the body's circulatory system.
Keep fat intake to 28% or less of your older child's total diet. Do not modify the diet of a child under 2 years. After that give the child 3 eggs per week or less, use skim milk and low-fat dairy products, and use corn or olive oil instead of coconut or palm oil. If dietary restrictions aren't helpful, medication is available. Consult your pediatrician regarding the best diet for your child.