Omega 3 For Babies

omega 3 for babies

If Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are types of fats that have to be included in the diet since they cannot be produced by the body. EFAs help build cells, promote the development of the nervous system, boost immunity, strengthen the cardiovascular system and enable the bodies to absorb nutrients. There are two types of EFAs: omega 3 (linolenic) and omega 6 (linoleic). Both have great importance to infants and adults, but this guide will focus on the usefulness of omega 3 for babies.

Omega 3: The Facts

Babies need to get the best start to everything in life, and especially when it comes to nutrition. The right nutrients, in well balanced quantities and at the right time will help them to grow and thrive. Omega 3 is very important for brain and eye development in babies, before and after they are born. Some mothers will supplement with fish oil, but vegan options are also available. Additionally, some studies have shown that these essential fatty acids also help in the management of psychological as well as behavioral conditions since they help neutransmitters to function well.  

Poorer reading ability has been attributed to insufficient levels of certain types of omega 3 fats in children, and supplementation led to improved memory functions. When the cells of the body are deprived of EFAs, they go ahead to manufacture “replacement fatty acids” which are similar but they could be harmful. In fact, children suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) have been found to have high levels of replacement fatty acids.

Types Of Omega 3 Fats

There are three types of omega 3 fats, namely eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and the third one is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Both EPA and DHA are marine-based, so they are found in fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and herring. ALA is a fatty acid which is found in plants such as walnuts, kale and flaxseeds. When consumed, the body partly changes ALA into DHA and EPA.

You can also buy foods that have been fortified with omega 3 such as peanut butter, yoghurt and margarine. The content can vary from one brand to another, so also always make a point of reading the label. 

Foods Before Supplements

It is better for babies to eat oily fish rather than taking supplements. The reason is because oily fish is rich in vitamin D and other vital vitamins and minerals that help in growth and development. Experiment with a few recipes to as to come up with some new family favorites. As a start, you can bake salmon in teriyaki or honey barbecue sauce. Select flavors that your kids like. 

If your toddlers are not fish fans, use flaxseed oil instead. Put a teaspoon in a smoothie, or incorporate peanut butter in other foods and snacks. You can also try adding ground flaxseeds to casseroles, soups and even breadcrumbs when baking chicken cutlets. 

But Isn’t Fat Bad?

Foods that contain lots of “bad” fats are not good for the body. They include cakes, biscuits, crisps and other pastries. The “good” fats or the unsaturated ones are found in avocado, oily fish and olive oil. Unsaturated fats produce lots of energy even in small amounts, making them ideal for the tiny tummies of babies.

Healthy Baby = Happy Baby (And Mother!)

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Having a baby is a wonderful experience but the more you know the better it will be for the health of your baby and for your peace of mind. Parents need to know and understand what to do to ensure that their babies are taken care of so that they grow up to be healthy and happy. It is also vitally important for parents to take care of themselves too by getting as much rest in as possible because a parent cannot take care of a baby if you are not able to take care of yourself first.

It all begins with a list of questions that you need to think of to share with your child’s doctor. Never be afraid to ask questions because there is nothing too trivial or insignificant when it comes to taking care of your little one.

Newborn Baby Care

Like a whirlwind, a baby comes into your life and at first caring for it might seem limited with feeding, bathing, changing and comforting but there is far more to it than that and it can turn your whole world upside down if you have no idea on what to do.

Skin care is important and getting to understand the cries, imperative as well as the promoting of your child’s development. Always trust your instincts and act fast when you feel that something is not right.

Most important of all; love them and appreciate every moment spent with them because they grow up so quickly and you could just miss it.

How to Encourage a Healthy Sleeping Pattern for Baby

In the beginning for the first couple of months your baby will interrupt your sleeping pattern with the midnight feeds and by following a few simple suggestions you could have your baby in a sleeping pattern that is good for both you and your little one.

Stimulating Daily Activity when he or she is awake by talking, singing and playing, will allow baby to get a good night’s rest and you can also include bath time, cuddling and playing some soft and soothing music before bed in order for him or her to associate this with sleep.

When it seems as though your baby feels tired then place him/her into the crib so that it can associate feeling tired with bed. Don’t worry if he or she wriggles because like us, they need to get comfortable.

Skin Care 

Babies have very soft and sensitive skin and keeping them in a warm bath for a few minutes will allow their skin to hydrate and avoid soapy soaking. Apply a baby moisturiser after the bath but make sure that he or she is still a little wet when you apply the lotion. Don’t rub it in and ensure that you pat the skin dry afterwards.

Baby Food and Vegetarian Options 

When making the transition from formula or breast milk to whole foods it is important to ensure that what you are giving your baby is healthy and nutritious and the best way for them to get all the vitamins that they need is through vegetables. Many parents choose to buy the already made vegetables but for a vegetarian option that has the most nutrition, making the purees yourself is a far better idea than buying the processed foods. A simple Avo consists of Vitamin A, C, Niacin and folate with a variety of minerals; potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus. All you need to do is remove the skin and pip, mash it and there you go. Should you not know what to do with your baby then ASK, never be afraid to ask and it can be at anytime because your baby is important and nothing can stand in the way of taking care of your baby’s health.

The Development Of Your Baby's Brain

 

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The brain is an organ that has soft nervous tissues which are usually contained in the skull of vertebrates. The brain functions as the coordinating center of sensation, nervous activity and intellectual. The brain is the most complex organ in the body and in a human being; the cerebral cortex is estimated to contain fifteen to thirty-three billion neurons. 

You Baby's Brain

During the birth of the baby, the brain is estimated to contain one hundred neurons. Then during the first years of the baby, the baby is said to grow trillions of brain cell connections which is known as neural synapses. The rule for brain wiring is to use it or lose it but the synapses are not wired together and through stimulation they are lost during baby’s school year. The baby’s brain does not have some neurological hard wiring, and it is more vulnerable as compared to the brains of adult people. The most surprising thing is that the toddler’s brain has twice neural connections as compared to that of an adult brain.

When a person provides loving, language experience for the baby will enable the neural connections and pathway the chances to become wired together. In doing so, the baby will acquire language, planning skills, and reasoning. There are many ways of boosting the brain power of the baby; these include the following.

Giving Physical Health Before The Baby is Born

Pregnant mothers are advice to stay healthy and to be aware of some drugs that can destruct the brain of the baby in utero. Babies who are born by mothers who are drug abuse most have problems with learning, and they act with unprovoked aggressive behavior. Research has shown that cigarette smoking during the time of pregnancy leads to a lower fourth-grade score. This, in general, will affect the brain in terms of learning.

Developmental Approaches

A person needs to choose the developmental approaches that will enable the child to interact and explore. These developmental approaches can be like using toys; these toys help the brain of the baby to learn the relationship between the effect and causes. The baby brain will also improve in terms of reasoning and connect information. Playing the games with the baby that involves hands, the babies response well so as to learn sequential of that game

Respond When Your Baby Cries

Mothers are required to respond promptly when their baby cries, by nurturing and reassuring the baby. This is very important because it builds a positive brain circuitry particularly in the limbic area of the brain. The limbic area is usually related to emotions. When cuddling and calm holding the baby when he cries day- to- day, the baby will intimate the engagement, and this will be the signal emotional security in to the brain.

Foster Early Passion For Books

For the brain of the baby to develop well a mother needs to foster an early passion to books. A person needs to choose a book a large book with very many pictures. Share the pictures with the baby by pointing them and making noise during that time of sharing. However, encourage the toddler to talk about the books. It is believed that baby’s receptive language is very important than expressive language.

 

Which Vitamins Should You Be Making Sure Your Baby Gets?

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As you may already know, vitamins play a vital role in the healthy growth of a child. Your baby depends on adequate supply of vitamins for the development of healthy bones and teeth as well as the growth of muscles. For infants, breast milk contains all the minerals and vitamins that are necessary for growth. However, in certain cases, you may be forced to give your baby a multivitamin. Even so, you should talk to your dietitian before giving any nutrient supplement to your child. 

For healthy and robust growth, your baby needs the following nutrients;

1. Vitamin A

Vitamin A is required in a child`s body for certain functions. They are necessary for bone growth, good vision and regulation of immune system of the body to defend the baby from infection by diseases. They also promote the production of white blood cells which combat disease-causing microbes. More so, they help in the development of surface linings of the eye, respiratory and intestinal tract. Vitamin A sources may include cheese carrot juice, whole milk, liver, kale, apricots, and spinach. 

2. Vitamin B-complex 

Vitamin B-2, also known as riboflavin, is another essential mineral for the growth of your baby. Together with other vitamins like B-3, B-5, and B-12, it helps the body to convert food into energy and promote the development of muscles, nerves, and the heart. 

Vitamin B-3 or Niacin plays an essential role in energy production. Additionally, it keeps the skin, as well as the digestive and nervous systems to work appropriately. 

Vitamin B-5 is thought to promote normal growth and development, while vitamin B-12 or cobalamin, encourages the body to make use of folic acids, which have a direct influence on faster growth and development. Sources of the vitamin may include soybeans, eggs, cheese, milk, nuts, beans, milk, cheese and chicken.

3. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. Apart from fighting infections, vitamin C is an important antioxidant which promotes the production of collagen in the body. These collagen proteins are vital for healing and recovery of wounds. Vitamin C presence is also thought to promote absorption of other essential minerals such as iron. Citrus fruits are a great way for obtaining vitamin C.

4. Vitamin D 

This nutrient is also essential for healthy bones. However, it is not directly involved in the growth of healthy bones; instead, it promotes the absorption of calcium, which is necessary for proper bone development. Vitamin D also supports the strengthening of immune system and improved neurotransmission. This mineral can be found in foods such as mushrooms, milk and fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel. 

By eating a healthy balanced diet, you can ensure your child obtains the right vitamins through your breast milk. You should only turn to supplements such as multivitamins as the last option. For example, if your child is allergic or unable to eat regular meals, you can use multivitamins. However, if your child is suffering from a chronic illness, you should take to your doctor if your baby can do with some multivitamins. In general, it is a good idea to speak to an expert before placing your child on multivitamins even when he or she is healthy.