Saturday, January 1, 2011

Health supplements for children

Nowadays parents want to provide the best of nutrition to their children so that they can excel in all domains of school life and beyond. In earlier days kids use to have whatever was cooked or available. But it is not the thing now. Parents are often confused about whether their child needs anything other than a healthy balanced diet.

The best nutrition for a newborn baby is breast milk. Breast milk will increase the resistance power in child. Infant which is on breast feeding does not need any calcium supplementation. Breast milk is the complete food for the child before six months.
If the baby is getting cow milk who is not breastfed for any reason, it will need supplementation with calcium vitamin and iron.

For children between six months to one year of age, iron supplementation is recommended. Dosage of iron will prevent iron deficiency which can then cause low hemoglobin.

Vitamin supplementation is essential for the children to compensate the eating habits as most of the food is cooked and cooking destroys most of the water soluble vitamins. If the child is getting breast milk for six times a day no supplementation is required. Two cups of milk a day is sufficient to meet the calcium requirement. Till one year iron and multivitamin supplementation is also needed apart from the breast milk.

Between the age of one and two the only supplementation that is required is iron. Between one to two years supplement of iron is required.

Consuming non vegetation food more than twice a week is usually sufficient to prevent iron deficiency. Other than milk calcium food like fish beans tomatoes can also be added.

After two years a good balanced diet with adequate dairy products, fruits and vegetable is sufficient to provide for the nutritional requirements for the child.