Vitamins are another vital nutrient everyone on Planet Earth needs to live, and just as adults needed to carry out their day-to-day activities and their bodies working properly, babies also need them so their bodies can develop properly and function as they are supposed to.
There is a wide array of natural foods that can provide all the necessary types and levels of Vitamins the baby needs. Breast Milk and Formula will provide some of the basic ones they need in order to continue with the nourishing of the Baby’s body.
Processed foods aren’t a good source of nutrients, so, you should stay clear of them and remove them from your diet if you are a lactating mother still. Fortified foods, however, are an excellent source of all sorts of vitamins and those should be part of your main focus from now on, the other one, as mentioned at the beginning, should be natural foods, always go natural, as there isn’t a better source of vitamins than them.
Here are the Top 5 Essential Vitamins your baby needs to grow healthy and strong:
- Vitamin A.
- Vitamin B Complex.
- Vitamin C.
- Vitamin D.
- Vitamin K.
Vitamin A: This type of vitamin provides everything your baby needs to develop a healthy eyesight, improved the immune system, and helping with the proper formation of strong bones, teeth, and gums. A good source of this vitamins for babies can be Carrots, Cantaloupe, Eggs, Squash, Mango, Sweet potatoes, and Apricots.
B complex Vitamins: These vitamins are, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, and Folic Acid. As you can imagine just as there are plenty of vitamins there are just as many functions they are involved in our bodies. These can be proper development of the nervous system, digestion, enhancing the immune system, and proper growth. Because Babies are still under development, they need the proper amounts of each to be healthy. Keep in mind that both a deficiency and an excess of any of these vitamins will effectively disrupt your baby’s well-being.
Between the ages of six months and one-year, good sources of these vitamins can be cereals, pasta, tofu, bananas, legumes, and avocados. Between the ages of one and two years, include eggs, nuts, dairy products, fish, meat, seeds, and whole grain bread in the Baby’s diet.
If we have to absolutely single one vitamin out from the entire complex, it has to definitely be B12, this one is essential for the proper and healthy development of the baby’s nervous system as well as helping in the formation of red blood cells and DNA. Having a B complex deficiency leads to pernicious anemia and in the most extreme cases, neurological damage.
Vitamin C: This is an essential vitamin the body needs to properly absorb Iron, promoting the development of a healthy immune system, and because it is also an antioxidant, it helps with the baby’s growth, tissue repair, and helping with the formation of cartilage and muscles.
Vitamin D: We can get this Vitamin from exposing to sunlight, and it helps to absorb both calcium and phosphorous which your baby needs to form strong bones and teeth. If your baby is lacking a proper exposure to sunlight, you may want to consider contacting your pediatrician and getting some Vitamin D supplements.
Vitamin K: At the moment of birth all babies receive a shot of vitamin K to help prevent hemorrhages. This is a very important vitamin for blood clotting and healthy bones. Including dark green leafy vegetables and yogurt in the diet will provide them with enough vitamin K.
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