The history of child care is a history of changing fashions, based on widely varying ideas about the nature of children, the goals of child rearing and the most effective methods of reaching those goals. Even that sentence makes an assumption that children should be reared, rather than just cared for.
The book is about caring for children and in maintaining and promoting their health by proper nutritious diet. It has been established that right type of nutrition helps in the proper physical and mental development. Undernourished children develop many mental deficiencies and their proper development is blocked.
In countries like India, a vast majority of children are undernourished, which affects their physical and mental development.
This book tries to highlight, the problems of nutrition in a simple and lucid way and emphasises the value of recognition by teachers and social reformers of the importance of nutrition and child care.