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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/

Probiotics, prebiotics and their benefits

Probiotics and prebiotics are a very popular subject in health forums these days. The role they play in fostering the growth of friendly intestinal flora in your kid’s intestines is just now being given the credit it deserves.

What’s all the fuss about?

Both of these components care for your child’s intestine (where most of the food digestion occurs) preventing unwanted substances and food particles from entering the bloodstream. Probiotics and prebiotics assist in balancing the intestinal flora (making it resistant against infections), fighting the effects of slow digestion by avoiding gas and rebuilding the bacterial flora after diarrhea.

Specifically, probiotics are living microorganisms that aid in the overall intestinal health, promoting the development of beneficial bacteria, aiding the immune system and preventing diarrhea, constipation and excess gas. For these components to be effective, they must remain active in their transit through the digestive system so that they adhere to the gastric mucosa. What this means is that the probiotic must reach their site of action intact and in sufficient numbers for it to work effectively.

Prebiotics, on the other hand, are specialized plant fibers that help nourish the existing bacteria in your child’s gut, think of it as a fertilizer for the good bacteria. They help prevent allergies, strengthen the immune system and prevent digestive disorders (constipation, inflammation, etc.).

You can find probiotics and prebiotics in fruits and veggies and some growth formulas such as Nestlé ® Excella Gold. Be sure to include them in your one-year-old’s diet to ensure better health. 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.

It’s important to add 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.

Sources:

  • http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/nutrition-vitamins-11/probiotics
  • http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/exclusive_breastfeeding/en/
  • http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/probiotics/faq-20058065

The story behind DHA and proper stimulation

The first 3 years of life are crucial to your child’s brain development, during this period of rapid growth, your little one’s nutrition is key. 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. In order to provide a healthy diet, it is necessary to consume nutrients such as DHA, a polyunsaturated omega – 3 fatty acid, found naturally in certain foods like fish. You can find DHA in some growth formulas such as Nestlé ® Excella Gold.

 Why is DHA  so important?

Between the moment of birth up until they reach the age of 5, a child’s brain increases approximately 3.5 times its total mass. During this period of rapid brain growth, it is necessary that children consume sufficient amounts of DHA in their diet to support brain growth and development. A study at Oxford University found that children who regularly ingested DHA were faster at processing information and had an improved short-term memory. 

Apart from nutrition, proper stimulation is also of paramount importance, Kinedu provides personalized activities that target key developmental areas: physical, cognitive, linguistic and socio-emotional. The activity plan we provide is tailored to boost specific abilities and milestones your little one needs to work on. If you haven’t tried us out yet, click here and let us guide you into enhancing your child’s 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/
  • http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2012-09-07-omega-3-fatty-acids-could-improve-reading-and-behaviour

Are pacifiers good or bad for babies?

Babies take everything to their mouths, from the smallest object they find to their own thumb, it is a stage where, through this activity, they discover the world. This primary reflex, which they use to adapt to their surroundings, is known as sucking. It is a way for them to calm down. Sucking is done in diverse situations: when they are sleepy, hungry, bored or nervous.

So, is it good or bad to give your baby a pacifier? The use of the pacifier has several advantages and disadvantages, which we are going to discuss next so you can keep them in mind when deciding whether or not to use it.

Pros

  • The use of the pacifier may decrease SIDS probability (sudden and unexpected death of an apparently healthy baby) when used during sleep.
  • It may relax your baby, reduce anxiety and help him or her calm down.
  • Reduces thumb suction time, which causes severe dental problems.
  • Its use can make any complicated situation such as air travel, blood tests, vaccines or injections much easier to take on.

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