Kids don’t always want to eat the foods that are best for them. So as a parent, I’m definitely concerned about making sure my daughters get the vital nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.
Nutritional deficiencies in children are much easier to remedy if caught early. That’s why I want to share four of the most common vitamins and minerals that your children might not get enough of without a little extra help.
Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D is critical both in its own right, as well as for its role in the absorption of calcium. Both Vitamin D and calcium are vital in growing strong bones and teeth.
Our skin produces Vitamin D when exposed to natural sunlight. Children with little sun exposure or that live in higher latitudes might not get enough this way.
The earliest symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency are bone and muscle soreness. If the deficiency is not corrected, it can lead to serious skeletal deformities and a condition known as Rickets.
Iron Deficiency (Anemia)
Iron makes it possible for red blood cells to transport oxygen to our vital organs and throughout the body.
Symptoms of iron deficiency, or anemia, include: tiredness, pale skin (especially around the hands, nails, and eyelids), rapid heartbeat or a heart murmur, irritability, low appetite, dizziness, or even a condition known as pica (eating non-food items such as dirt).
B Vitamin Deficiency
The B Vitamins are needed in every area of our body and help maintain a strong immune system and optimal mental function.
Symptoms of B Vitamin deficiencies may include: nausea, abdominal pains, vomiting, loss of appetite, bad breath, indigestion and constipation. These symptoms are easily confused with other medical conditions. If you’re having trouble figuring out the cause of health issues, this could be the missing link.
Especially important for children, a diet that is lacking B vitamins can affect a child’s ability to learn and focus at school.
Zinc is a trace mineral that is often forgotten in terms of discussions about nutritional needs. It usually takes a backseat to other well-known minerals like calcium and magnesium. However, zinc is equally important for growth and healthy development in children.
Symptoms of zinc deficiency include poor appetite, weight loss, and changes in the sense of taste and/or smell. If left unchecked, zinc deficiency can lead to stunted growth, poor wound healing, and hair loss.
A Healthy Diet Might Not be Enough
The first step in preventing nutritional deficiencies in children is to try to consume as many vitamin and mineral rich foods as possible. This list of child and baby-friendly foods that are high in nutrients has some great ideas to build your menu.
Our family strives to eat a balanced diet with lots of lean proteins and veggies. However, I would rather not take a chance with nutritional deficiencies in children. So I also give my family a daily multimineral to supplement their nutrient intake.
A serving of BetterBio Fulvic Concentrate provides 70 plant based minerals that are crucial for development. I can rest a little easier knowing that any gaps in my family diets are filled. This is especially reassuring while we’re in the “picky toddler” stage where my son tries to avoid vegetables!
My husband and I also take BetterBio Fulvic Concentrate. I love that they are non-GMO, and contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. They’re also gluten free and dairy free, which is important for me and my sensitive tummy.
Oh, and I must mention that it taste fantastic! BetterBio Fulvic Concentrate is green and tastes of fresh grapes. My toddler is super picky and usually turns his nose at pills or capsules. However, luckily for us its in a liquid form, so just like a cordial you only need 15ml in a glass of water. He loves it – these are actually the only supplements he’s ever eaten! I’m thrilled to find one he likes!
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