Hello, all the doting mothers! I am sure you are putting in your best efforts to raise your little ones. During the initial months of a new born baby, sleep is the most important factor and we all mothers try all baby sleep tricks to make our babies sleep.
Not to forget, the small feeding breaks though. Oh yes, they are very crucial. The need is quite limited until the first 6 months, when an infant’s major nutritional needs are met only through breastfeeding or formula feeding. With the onset of the sixth month, things slowly but surely start to change for you and your baby. This is the time of weaning, and substantial experiments are usually done to find the best way, to feed a new born baby.
As a child turns 6 months old, the nutritional needs grow. And he/she would need a lot more than just milk, to meet the growing nutritional needs.
This is the time where a lot of fallout happens, as the parents are not aware of the right foods and nutrition, required for a child. This brings us to probably the most crucial part of a child’s nutritional needs – Micronutrients, which are required in small amounts, unlike macronutrients, but affect a child’s growth, to a great extent.
Micronutrients are very crucial for healthy physical growth and mental development of a child. A child is more susceptible to fall ill, because of lower immunity, which can be strengthened with a micro-nutrient dense meal.
Lack of awareness on this topic is one of the major reasons why micronutrient deficiency is one of the most prevalent health conditions in children, across the globe. Micronutrient deficiency is often underrated, because at times it shows minimal or no symptoms in kids. This is the reason it is also termed as “Hidden Hunger”.
Also, this is not only a condition of countries or cities with lack of resources as it may seem, rather it is equally prevalent in most developed nations.
How so, you ask? It is a common notion that having access to enough food to fill your belly, will keep an infant physically fit. However, the quantity of the food has nothing to do with the occurrence of micronutrient deficiency, rather it is the quality of food that plays the most vital role here.
A food can be rich in macronutrients, but may lack micronutrients such as, zinc, vitamin A, C & Vitamin D3, folate acid, iron or calcium. All these have a momentous role to play during the first 1000 days of a baby, when most of his/her organs are being fully formed, and when most of the cognitive development occurs.
Iron is one micronutrient that is extremely important in the formation of hemoglobin in red blood cells. Its deficiency can lead in a condition called ‘anemia’, hampering the motor development and learning abilities of a child.
Micronutrient deficiencies pose a huge risk to your child’s all-round health. Now, it is more important than ever, to address this issue and adopt changes in the feeding behavior, for your baby.
It is imperative to make the right food choices for your baby, to meet the daily nutritional needs, especially during the weaning period, when solid food is introduced to the baby. Apart from conventional choices like, vegetable porridge and fruit puree, you can opt for supplement foods such as Cere grow, to do the job for you.
During the early years, parents have control over the eating habits of a child. Therefore, it is critical to be a good role model, by making healthier food choices for yourself and your kid.
Remember – a progressive improvement today will become a healthy habit tomorrow for your child, thereby making him/her physically and mentally strong.