Supplements for Baby Health

Did you know that during the first year of their life, babies triple their birth weight therefore it’s important to make sure they’re getting the right nutrients they need to support the different stages of healthy growth and development. A steady weight gain is a good indication of a healthy and well-nourished baby.

Key Foods for Baby Health

Breast-feeding is the most natural way to provide a baby with a rich source of easily-digestible nutrients, prebiotics, probiotics and immune-modulating substances that help to build a baby’s natural immunity. In some instances, formula milk may be necessary if breastfeeding is not possible. A good formula milk contains carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, nucleotides and pre- and probiotics which mirrors the beneficial substances contained in human breast milk.

The usual recommendation is to exclusively breast-feed a baby for the first 6 months after which solid foods can be introduced, alongside breast or formula feeding up until 12 to 24 months of age. Here are some key foods to introduce to support baby health:

  • Protein is crucial for the normal growth and development of a baby. Gradually introduce protein-rich foods such as lean meat, eggs, chicken, fish, lentils, beans and chickpeas.
  • Fruits and vegetables contain fibre which feeds the beneficial gut bacteria in the baby’s microbiome. They also contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to support healthy growth and development. Fruits and vegetables can be easily cooked, pureed and mashed to make them more digestible.
  • Dairy foods such as cow’s milk, yoghurt and cheese are good sources of calcium which is an important mineral for strong, healthy bones. Some babies are intolerant of lactose (the type of sugar found in milk) causing diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, bloating, gas and malnutrition. Speak to your baby’s doctor if you notice any of these symptoms.
  • Infant cereals such as oatmeal, oats, organic rice and quinoa provide nutrients such as B vitamins as well as fibre and energy in the form of carbohydrates.

Which Supplements Can Support Your Baby’s Health?

  1. Calcium
  2. Vitamin D
  3. Zinc
  4. Iron
  5. Vitamin A

Top Tips on Buying Supplements for Baby Health

  • Breastfed babies aged between 0-1 require a daily supplement containing 8.5 to 10 micrograms of vitamin D. Choose a supplement containing vitamin D3 if possible as this is a more bioavailable form.
  • Vitamin D supplementation is not required for formula-fed babies that have over 500ml of formula per day, since formula milk already contains vitamin D.
  • Read the labels on the back of supplements to make sure they are appropriate for the age of your baby.

Nutritional Therapy Support For Baby Health

Work with a registered Nutritional Therapist for a personalised nutrition and diet plan, tailored to your specific health requirements. For one-to-one support with your baby’s health and to book a consultation, head over to our expert page here:

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