Nutrition and Blood Formation
Blood is the red colour bus in our body which transports oxygen, nutrients and other substances throughout the body. Blood is made by bone marrow in the bones. Red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma are the components in the blood. To help this transport system run smoothly in your child’s body, proper nourishment is required.
The Nutrient Depots for the Blood Bus to Grow:
Squeeze a lemon onto your child’s spinach pulao or offer soft cooked sprouts as a salad to enhance iron absorption.
- Iron: Iron is the main nutrient which helps in red blood cell formation. It is needed to form haemoglobin which carries oxygen in the blood. If iron is not
provided to the body, haemoglobin in the
red blood cell is not formed. This will hamper the delivery of oxygen to the body tissues and organs. So, make sure your child’s diet has iron rich foods in it.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C helps in absorbing iron from the food into the blood. Sufficient vitamin C should be provided from the diet to help the body absorb iron.
- B-complex Vitamins: B2, B6, Folic acid and B12 are among the B-complex vitamins which are important in the formation of red blood cells.
Anaemia is a common nutritional deficiency among children in India, which occurs when the level of red blood cells become low in the body due to insufficiency of any of the above nutrients. The symptoms of anaemia in your child may be pale skin, less pink lips and nailbeds.
Ensure you provide your toddler with these nutrients and let this red bus run smoothly in your child’s body!