From infancy to the toddlerhood, there is usually quite a limited amount of foods that can be eaten or will be eaten by our children.
Ensuring that these foods are highly nutritious can be quite a challenge for parent and other caregivers.
Although infants who are on a breast milk diet should be receiving the best and most complete nutrition they need, most mothers today are not conscious of their eating habits and certainly are not meeting their own nutritional needs.
When this happens, the mother’s milk will not have all the nutritional content needed by their children.
The same applies to older children who are mostly provided snacks and other convenient foods, as they usually lack any nutritional value.
The following are some common deficiencies that are likely to show up in children: (by NO means is this a complete list)
• Vitamin D – this is common in infants born to mothers with low levels of vitamin D in their body systems. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to the development of Rickets, which is a debilitating bone disease.
• Vitamin K – it is becoming a very common practice to administer a dose of this vitamin to newborns as it helps to prevent a rare condition which causes bleeding into the brain.
• Iron – many infants who are breastfed for longer than six months are often at the risk of developing an iron deficiency. This can be changed with some additional foods into the diet plan besides depending on only breast milk for sustenance.
• Vitamin A – this is a fat-soluble nutrient that is stored in the body and used according to the body’s needs, and when there is an insufficient amount of this vitamin in the child system, frequent infections may occur.
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