It’s difficult to convince picky eaters to eat all their vegetables or whatever food they find problems with. This can pose a challenge with trying to create a balanced diet for our little ones. Sometimes it’s too time consuming to ensure that they eat up when we realize how strong-willed they can be.
Unfortunately, this can lead to nutrition gaps during the most crucial years of development. Although it is important that we consume a balanced diet daily, we must be aware of the fact that it is absolutely critical for infants and children as well. What we give to our infants now can impact their future. So let’s handle their future with care by patching up the holes of the most common deficiencies that may be affecting your child’s diet.
What are some of the most common deficiencies?
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin A
This deficiency is often associated with pre-menopausal women. Though this is an issue for the younger members of this demography, according to The WHO, approximately 24.8% of the world’s population has this deficiency. The highest occurrence of anaemia is actually in pre-school aged children. They account for 47.4% of the world’s cases of anaemia.
The probability of an infant being anaemic increases if they are born prematurely and/or at a low birth weight. These are often indicators that the mother had insufficient iron intake during pregnancy.
Iron deficient infants and children often have increased levels of irritability, difficulty maintaining focus on tasks, easily fatigued and a weakened immune system.
Incorporate iron rich foods to meet their RDA (recommended daily amount) such as:
- Beef Liver
- Canned Clams
- White Beans
- Cooked Spinach
Yeah…..you know your toddler would not be looking forward to munching on beef liver. That’s why FP created Hemafed Iron and Vitamin Drops. A high quality source of iron in a liquid form that makes it hassle free to administer.
Vitamin D Deficiency
It is vital that there is adequate Vitamin D intake for the effective absorption of calcium. Calcium is necessary for the development of strong bones (including teeth). This is achieved in mostly two parts. Not only is the presence of vitamin D necessary for calcium’s absorption, but the presence of the vitamin blocks the secretion of parathyroid. Parathyroid is the hormone responsible for the re-absorption of bone tissue.
Infants that are deficient in Vitamin D often suffer from soft bones (aka rickets). If this is not corrected, depending on the severity of a child’s condition, medical intervention will be required for the child to regain normal function and range of motion.
Spend time in the sun. There’s a reason why vitamin D is also known as “the sunshine vitamin”.
According to Heathline “studies estimate that darker-skinned people may need anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours longer [several times a week] to get sufficient vitamin D, compared to lighter-skinned people. This is a major reason why darker-skinned people have a higher risk of deficiency.”
Putting your little one in the midday sun for three hours several times a week may not be practical but there are alternative ways of getting vitamin D such as by consuming Vitamin D rich foods like:
- Cod liver oil
- Vitamin D fortified milk
We understand that there are some children who are lactose intolerant and it is hard to think of a child who enjoys cod liver oil.
Try FP Tropivite Vitamin Drops. It’s easy and rich in vitamin D so your little one can absorb all the calcium their bones need. Tropivite also has vitamin C which is necessary for the absorption of iron as is FP Hemafed Infants and Children.
Tropivite has also got you covered for the final deficiency on this list:
Vitamin A Deficiency
Vitamin A is vital for the growth and repair of skin. For this reason, an artificial form of this vitamin has become a popular active ingredient in antiaging products. In this case, it is important for active children who are prone to getting cuts and bruises to consume vitamin A.
This vitamin also supports vision in daylight, by creating sharp pigmented images, and in low light so that we are still capable of navigating our surroundings even at night time.
Infants and children who are deficient in vitamin A may not heal from cuts and bruises as readily as other children their age (even when they decide to pick the scab). They also might have their night vision negatively impacted to the point where they are unable to decipher images in low light. That’s another reason your little one might be afraid of the dark.
Incorporating foods such as:
- Dark green leafy vegetables
Still a challenge to convince them to try these foods too? You know the drill by now….FP Tropivite Vitamin Drops are also rich in vitamin A to help your child get back to playing and to have one less thing to worry about at night.
Tropivite helps to patch the holes that may be lingering in your child’s diet.