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Nutrients that prevent disorders and deformities

Nutrients that prevent disorders and deformities

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Iron Is a mineral that makes up an important part of hemoglobin, the substance in blood that carries oxygen throughout the body and helps prevent anemia. Iron deficiency in babies can make them anemic which leads to reduced oxygen carrying capacity and has harmful effects on their physical and mental development.

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Your baby at this age is at a greater risk of Iron deficiency because:

  • Her iron requirements increase at six months of age and your breast milk might not be enough to meet these.
  • Iron reserves with which she was born are also decreasing.

Iodine

  • Is essential in the development of the brain and immune function of the baby.
  • Insufficient iodine during this period can result in irreversible brain damage. Iodine deficient children have weakened immunity and poor learning skills.

Calcium

  • Is essential for bone development and helps prevent bone deformities.
  • Babies also need calcium for the healthy development of heart, nerves, muscles, heart rhythm and blood clotting abilities.

Vitamin A

  • Proper amount of Vitamin A in diet helps prevent night blindness.

Vitamin D

  • Helps in the development of healthy bones and teeth.
  • It also helps in the absorption of calcium thus preventing rickets.
  • Though Vitamin D can be synthesized in the body with the help of sunlight it has been seen that infants, because of limited exposure to direct sunlight, may be deficient in Vitamin D.

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