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Why do babies need micronutrients anyway ?

 

Giovedì 19 Novembre 2015

There are a lot of important factors in ensuring your baby’s healthy growth and development. One that can get overlooked in the struggle to get baby to eat a variety of foods each day is making sure that her or his diet contains an adequate, consistent amount of micronutrients. It’s not just about the spinach, it’s about the iron. And the thiamine!

Let’s start with the basics, shall we? Defining what micronutrients are. Micronutrients are the vitamins and minerals that we all require in trace quantities for cognitive, motor and socio-emotional development as well as your child’s future physical health. When a baby is born, his brain is about 25% of that of an adult. By the end of the first year, the brain reaches 70% of its adult weight, and 80% by 2 years of age. That’s a lot of growing!  And a lot of brain function development. That’s where micronutrients are needed, helping your baby’s body do its job well.

Babies’ first 1000 days are so important to their future health. And that is why it can be the perfect time to take a good look at your baby’s diet and make sure you’re doing all you can to include enough micronutrients each day. It’s easier than it sounds once you know what you’re doing. And what’s at stake.

Iron deficiency can lead to anaemia and poor cognitive development as well, and poor immunity. When combined with vitamin C, iron is even more readily absorbed by the body. Iodine is another important early cognitive development building block and important to thyroid function. There are also essential fatty acids (EFAs) and vitamin B1 = thiamine, equally important to your baby’s development. 

Many aspects of your child’s development are supported by adequate micronutrient intake. We are happy to do all we can to arm you not only with information, but also the nutritional support that can help make your baby’s first 1000 days all they can be. 

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