Why iron is a key part of children’s nutrition

Iron is an essential nutrient for making hemoglobin, a key component of red blood cells that helps transport oxygen throughout the body. If our bodies would not receive enough iron, red blood cells would not be adequately produced and our tissues and organs would not receive sufficient oxygen – which is necessary for growth and development. When children lack iron, they may display cognitive and behavioral developmental deficits or delays, may be less physically active, display a shorter attention span and develop problems concentrating.

Once children are ready to begin a diet consisting of solids, their first foods should be iron fortified given their period of rapid growth.

Here is a list of iron-rich foods for children on solids:

  • Meats: Beef, lamb, pork, veal, liver, chicken, turkey
  • Fish: Babies under 1 should not eat shellfish
  • Eggs: If your child is under 1 year old, don’t feed him or her egg whites
  • Grains and cereals: Iron-fortified cereals, whole grain breads, enriched bread, pasta and rice
  • Legumes: Chick peas, lentils, dried peas and beans
  • Vegetables: Spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, green peas and beans
  • Growth formulas: Such as Nestlé ® Excella Gold

To help your child’s body absorb even more iron, combine these foods with a good source of vitamin C. Plus, minimize the amount of dairy products you offer your little one at the same time you are feeding your child iron-rich foods as it can prevent rapid iron absorption.

It’s important to note that exclusive breastfeeding is recommended during the first 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond. When choosing a growth formula that contains some of the key ingredients we just mentioned, such as Nestlé ® Excella Gold ®, make sure to talk to your pediatrician to know which may suit your child best.

 

Sources:

  • http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/iron.html
  • http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/minerals.html?ref=search&WT.ac=msh-k-dtop-en-search-clk#
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3415871/
  • http://www.who.int/features/qa/21/en/

What should I look for in a children’s growth formula?

We know that it may be overwhelming for moms to have so many growth formula options for their little ones to choose from. What should you focus on when picking an ideal formula? There are different brands, ages, nutritional benefits, liquid or powder formats, and more. It’s important to note that exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond. When choosing the right formula, always consult your pediatrician; he or she is the one who can best advise you on picking the right growth formula for your child.

From the first year on, your child is in an active developmental stage where he or she will learn to walk and talk and will need a lot of energy. It is important to offer a growth formula that allows your child to develop and that will favor his or her nutritional needs from the beginning. Try to enrich your little one with essential nutrients that will help promote his or her development.

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5 key ingredients that enhance brain development

We all know the huge role nutrition plays in our kid’s development. There are five key ingredients that can help enhance your child’s brain development.

First on the list, we have choline which is a chemical compound similar to B complex (we’ll get to that one later on), which can help stimulate both your child’s brain and visual function while simultaneously improve his or her memory.

Second, we have the now famous probiotics and prebiotics. We’ve all heard about them at some point and know that these substances are key players in the absorption of nutrients and therefore provide a healthy intestinal flora and digestion.

B complex is made up of a combination of vitamins that support the formation of brain connections and therefore have the potential to improve your child’s memory, provide him or her with enough energy for day to day tasks and ensure proper functioning of the nervous and visual system.    Continue reading

Types of Growth Formulas: Choosing the right one

Feeling a little overwhelmed? It’s common to stumble upon a wide range of information and therefore have many questions ranging from what to feed your child to when, where and how. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond. There are many studies that back this up, if you wish to learn more about it click here. After the first year, you can start introducing solid foods or even growth formulas. But what should you look for when choosing it?

  1. Type: There are 3 main types of growth formula, either cow milk protein-based formula, soy-based formula or protein hydrolysate formula. You should consult your pediatrician when considering the type of growth formula since he or she may be informed of allergies and potential side effects for your little one regarding a specific type.
  2. Preparation: Growth formulas can be prepared using a powdered formula, concentrated liquid formula and ready-to-use formula. Choose the one that’s the most convenient for you and fits your current budget.
  3. Important components:
    1. Carbohydrates: One of the main sources of energy for your little one. Most growth formulas use some of the following carbohydrates: lactose, maltose, sucrose, glucose, maltodextrin, glucose syrup or dried glucose syrup.
    2. Probiotics and Prebiotics: They help the absorption of neuronutrients and strengthen the immune system of your little one.
    3. Vitamins: These are present in almost every growth formula, some of these vitamins include folic acid, thiamine (B1 vitamin), riboflavin (B2 vitamin), niacin (B3 vitamin), biotin and pantothenic acid.
    4. Iron: Essential mineral for the development of your little one since it is the one in charge of transporting oxygen in the blood. It is also the main producer of hemoglobin.     
    5. DHA: DHA is omega-3 fatty acid found naturally in certain foods like fish that aids in cognitive and visual development. Some growth formulas include this key ingredient.
    6. No Added Sugar: You will avoid modifying your child’s sweet food preferences and promote healthy habits.

When choosing a growth formula that contains some of the key ingredients we mentioned, such as Nestlé ® Excella Gold ®, make sure to talk to your pediatrician to know which may suit your child best.

Sources:

http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/exclusive_breastfeeding/en/

Introducing Nestlé’s new growth formula

Did you know that in the first few years of life, more than 1 million neural connections are formed every second due to proper nutrition and adequate stimulation? Brain circuits are reinforced by repeated use, and seemingly little things like your child’s daily interactions and food choices will shape his or her brain architecture.

Nestlé ® Excella Gold has created a new and exclusive growth formula that looks after your little one’s neural connections, helping his brain process the new stimuli he is exposed to. This new growth formula contains neuro-nutrients such as DHA, choline, iron, and high levels of complex B vitamins that reinforce the immune system and help improve neural communication and therefore your child’s cognitive capacities. In addition to these nutrients, it also contains prebiotics and probiotics that favor proper digestion 

As an important side note, this new growth formula does not contain any added sugars, thus avoiding any alterations to your child’s dietary preferences.

It is important to mention that exclusive breastfeeding is recommended during the 6 months of your child’s life, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond. At the end of the day, it’s important to look after your child’s needs and talk to his pediatrician to ensure he gets the most out of his diet in order to thrive in every situation life throws at him.

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Brain Architecture

Nutrition and proper stimulation: The fundamentals for optimal brain development

Proper nutrition and stimulation are both critical to a child’s optimal brain development. In these early stages, the brain develops at a rapid rate and both stimulation and nutrition play the most important role.

In recent years, a large body of research has shown that experiences play a key role in early childhood development. The brain is especially sensitive and malleable during these early years. Both the environment and the experiences during this time affect the development and function of the brain architecture. Kinedu offers more than 1,000 activities that create enriching experiences with your little one that also serve to boost specific areas of development.

During the early years, a child’s brain has a heightened sensitivity to the quantity and quality of nutrients consumed. All nutrients are important for neuronal cell growth and development, but some appear to have greater effects such as essential acids like DHA. These nutrients serve to boost cognitive and visual development as well as strengthen the nervous and immune system. After birth, and for the first 6 months of life, breast milk is the best nutritional choice which can serve to increase a child’s IQ. After a baby’s first year, there are some growth formulas like Nestlé ® Excella Gold that contains high levels of DHA and a combination of essential nutrients including choline, phospholipids, b complex vitamins, probiotics and prebiotics which, along with stimulation, support a complete brain development. When choosing a growth formula that contains some of the key ingredients we mentioned, such as Nestlé ® Excella Gold ®, make sure to talk to your pediatrician to know which may suit your child best.

Sources:

http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/exclusive_breastfeeding/en/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3738999/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10479465

What is DHA? Properties, benefits and where to find it

DHA is a polyunsaturated omega – 3 fatty acid found naturally in breastmilk and certain foods like salmon. This nutrient is made up of 60% fat and is essential for your little one’s brain development.

Why is DHA so important?

DHA is important for brain and eye function and development, particularly during the early years. Between their moment of birth up until they reach the age of 5, your child’s brain increases approximately 3.5 times its total mass. During this time, it is critically important that children consume sufficient amounts of DHA in their diet to support this period of rapid brain growth and development.

How does DHA contribute to my child’s development?

DHA contributes to your child’s cognitive development, specifically allowing faster and clearer communication between cells, improving working memory and problem solving skills as well as boosting his or her immune system.

Where can I find DHA?

  • Breastmilk
  • Fish, seafood and fish oils
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Growth formulas such as Nestlé ® Excella Gold

It’s important to note that The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond. When choosing a growth formula that contains some of the key ingredients we mentioned, such as Nestlé ® Excella Gold ®, make sure to talk to your pediatrician to know which may suit your child best.

 

Sources:

  • http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/exclusive_breastfeeding/en/
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10479465
  • http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/what-to-know-about-omega-3s-and-fish#1

Feeding your 1-3 year old: A few guidelines

It’s normal for parents to worry about their little one’s diet. What to feed them, if they’re eating what they should and exactly how much is enough. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond. Let’s remember, an ideal diet is always varied and balanced. Your child can learn about all the different flavors and textures through distinct meal preps. The final goal is to provide a personalized varied diet that suits his or her taste buds, while nourishing him or her.

Below are a few guidelines you can follow:

    • Don’t skip breakfast. It’s important, that way your child will feel energized throughout the day.
    • Offer foods with little to no salt or sugar.
    • Provide nutritious and healthy foods – try to avoid cookies, chips or juices during the day seeing as they will probably interfere with his or her appetite during lunch.
    • Try to make family mealtime a pleasant and enjoyable time.
    • Let your child learn to eat by him or herself. It’ll get messy – but it’s worth it.
    • Don’t force your child to eat something he or she doesn’t want to. Try it again in a few weeks.
    • Try not to ban your child from eating junk food unless he or she is intolerant to it. It’s not bad to have a few chocolates or sweets from time to time – banning foods may seem more attractive or desirable as they become something your child “can’t have”.

Regarding fruit and vegetable intake, the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day as they help prevent diseases and ensure proper digestion. They also suggest a diet with a reduced fat consumption of less than 30% of their daily caloric consumption and a reduced amount of salt and sugar intake. Just like we mentioned, parents should promote a healthy, diversified and balanced diet.

Today, it’s extremely common to find products and formulas which have the added nutrients and vitamins such as iron and fatty acids specifically designed to provide health benefits for children.  If you’re in the market for growth formulas, be sure to check out Nestlé ® Excella Gold which can help your child’s digestion, immune system, and visual acuity. When choosing a growth formula that contains some of the key ingredients we mentioned, make sure to talk to your pediatrician to know which may suit your child best.

Sources:

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs394/en/

http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/exclusive_breastfeeding/en/