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Essential Vitamins for healthy babies

Babies need vitamins and minerals for growth and development. Some essential vitamins for healthy babies are:

Vitamin D which enhances the babies skin. It could be gotten from the sun, fish, eggs and some cereals.

Vitamin A which improves vision, skin and builds strong immune system. Sources of vitamin A are fat spread, diary products, sweet potatoes, mangoes, and dark green vegetables.

Egg recipes for babies and toddlers
vitamin C which builds the immune system and can be derived from oranges, strawberries, tomatoes, pepper, and broccoli.
Iron good for all-round development, learning and behavioral problems, improving physical ailment.

The major source is breast milk and formula fortified cereals.

Healthy Oatmeal recipe for Babies and Toddlers
Fluoride is good great teeth development and could be gotten from fluoridated water. Another is DHA, which helps in the development of the eyes and brain. It is supplied through the breast milk and formula.
The importance of breast milk cannot be over-emphasized as it is very important for the development of a baby.

You may ask, Does my baby need vitamins?

Bridget Swinney, a Nutritionist says in most cases, breast milk or formula provides just about everything a baby needs for the first four to six months. The exception is vitamin D, which is recommended as a supplement for breastfed babies and babies who drink less than 32 ounces of formula per day. (See below for more details.)

After age 4 to 6 months, as your baby’s diet gradually changes from an all-liquid diet to one that contains more and more solid food, your doctor may or may not recommend additional vitamin supplements. Your own health picture may come into play too. For example, women who have had gastric bypass surgery or who take certain medications daily may absorb fewer nutrients. This can reduce the nutrient content of their breast milk.

 

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