Got A Fussy Eater In The House? Don't Despair!
Almost every family has a fussy eater; or if you don’t have one, you probably know one…and they might not even be the child! Studies have found that between 25% and 50% of parents experience feeding problems as their baby grows into their terrible twos and beyond.
Although most children grow and thrive despite fussy eating, when it becomes persistent it can compromise nutritional health, and result in slowed weight gain. Fussy eating has been associated with increased intake of saturated fat, which usually comes from processed foods; and a poorer intake of fruit and vegetables, which are important sources of vitamins and minerals.
Omega-3 is found in fatty fish such as mackerel, salmon, and sardines; as well as nuts and seeds like flax seeds, walnuts, and chia seeds.
The fatty acids in Omega-3 help maintain healthy brain function, which is vital for the children's healthy development. Studies have shown this can help lift mood, reduce anxiety, and maintain concentration levels. It can also keep children's vision, and immune systems healthy.
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. Although we might think we get enough from the sun, it’s highly unlikely, particularly between the months of October and March when the sun is at too low an angle, for us to be able to make enough Vitamin D via the skin.
When summer then comes around we slap on the sun cream as soon as the sun’s out to reduce the risk of skin cancer, especially on our children’s sensitive skin; which reduces the ability of vitamin D to be made by the sun shining on our skin, reducing levels of vitamin D in the blood. We can also get vitamin D from our diet; with fortified infant formula or milk, fortified breakfast cereals, eggs and fish like salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines.
Vitamin D is particularly important for children as it works with calcium to help make strong bones and teeth. It’s also good for their growing immune system and helps with the development of muscles: Now who wouldn’t want their children to grow up good and strong?
We all know vitamin C is found in fruit and vegetables, kiwis are a great source of vitamin C, so too are oranges and grapefruits. Red peppers, tomatoes and even potatoes can help children get enough vitamin C in their diet.
Vitamin C is reported to help keep coughs and colds at bay, but did you know it’s also important for the production of collagen which is necessary for the formation of normal teeth, skin and bones?
Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
Thiamin is found in wholegrains, rice, meat, and fortified breakfast cereals. It helps turn the carbohydrates from food into the energy your body needs to function effectively. Vital for active children!
Magnesium helps to keep bones strong, and heart rhythm steady. It supports healthy energy production, muscle and nerve function, and supports a healthy immune system. Magnesium can be found in seafood, green leafy vegetables, avocados, brown rice, and dairy products.
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Luckily all these nutrients, and more, can be found in each WellKid Chewable tablet; which contains 21 nutrients vital to the healthy development of our children. Hopefully it won't be long till they grow out of their disdain for fish, and brocolli. But at least till then, we'll always have WellKid.
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