What Nutrients Does My Infant Need?

There are many nutrients that both newborns and infants need on a daily basis. These nutrients are crucial for healthy brain development, bone growth and immune system development. However, if these nutrients are so crucial, how you can ensure that your child gets the recommended daily dose that they need?

One of the most important nutrients that both newborns and infants need is Iron. Iron is crucial for newborns and infants brain development. If they do not get sufficient amounts of this important nutrient, it has been shown that it can lead to brain and motor function abnormalities. Fortunately baby formula has sufficient amounts of iron to meet the child’s needs for the first year.

Even infant cereal contains sufficient amounts of iron that your baby needs. After that when your child is old enough to eat solid foods, there are many foods that contain this crucial nutrient that you can give to your child – such as turkey, beef, eggs, broccoli, spinach and beans. The recommended daily dosage for iron is around 7-11 milligrams per day.

Calcium is yet another important nutrient that every newborn and infant needs on a daily basis. This important mineral is responsible for helping children reach their peak bone mass, which is incredibly important for building strong bones in your child. The daily recommend dosage for calcium is about 500 milligrams.

The good news is that most children develop a liking to calcium foods early on with the infant formula so it usually isn’t an issue to give your child something with adequate amounts of calcium in it. Just a cup of milk already contains 250 milligrams of calcium. Other foods that you can give your child that are calcium rich are salmon, cheese, orange juice, and oatmeal. Most people do not realize that foods like broccoli and tomatoes are abundant in calcium too, so now is the time to make eating vegetables fun for your baby/infant.

Another ingredient that all infants and newborns need is Zinc. The nutrient Zinc is responsible for many important things, such as helping with cognition development, maintain a healthy immune system and to help enhance cell growth and cell repair. Without this crucial nutrient it is common to see impaired growth, high susceptibility to infection and an increased risk of diarrhea.

A child needs to have about 3 milligrams a day of Zinc in order to maintain their development. There are many foods that contain this mineral that you can give to your child. Any from the following list will help to boost consumption of zinc:-

  • Pork, Turkey, Beef and Fish
  • Milk & Yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Infant cereal (even regular fortified cereal)

As we have discussed above, there are many important nutrients that your child needs on a daily basis. These nutrients are responsible for a variety of things such as helping your child to develop strong bones, a strong immune system and all around healthy cells.

While many parents think that ensuring that their children get these important nutrients is going to be hassle, it is not necessarily the case. There are many foods out there that your child will find palatable but will also provide the required nutrients to keep them healthy.