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

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