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Vitamin drops for babies and kids

Vitamins are very important for children from weaning age like 6 months to 5 years. Due to less breastfeeding or formula milk, all nutrients are not found in the daily diet. So the very little quantity of vitamin drops is required. This article contains all about vitamins.

Most breastfed babies or formula milk fed babies need to begin with vitamin D, A and C from six months old to five years age. These vitamin drops are the safeguard or health suppliers when child’s diet is insufficient in vitamins. You should continue these doses of vitamins till your child starts a proper diet with fruits, vegetables and other food varieties in sufficient quantity.  Vitamin D is easily available in sunlight; if your child spent at least half an hour in sunlight he will get sufficient amount of vitamin D fro his skin. But be careful about sunburn, use good quality sunscreen lotions to avoid sunburn problem.

  • Vitamin D also found in milk, fortified breakfast cereals, meat, oily fish and fortified margarine in baby food.
  • Dark skin babies of Asian, African, Afro- the Caribbean and the idle Eastern origin and others, are more likely to have low Vitamin D stores than white babies.
  • Mothers with low vitamin D stores are; darkly pigmented skin, who spend less time in outdoors, those who cover their skin when outside and those living in the dark areas with less sunlight.
  • Vitamin drops are available at minimal cost or free to those on income support or a job seeker’s Allowance in the UK.
  • Take more information from your Doctor or Health visitors from the UK.
  • Calcium is one of the many minerals that you need to be healthy. Calcium is very important to ensure strong, healthy bones and teeth. It also helps muscles and nerves to work properly. In addition, calcium may help you to manage your weight and blood pressure, and play a role in preventing colon cancer. Vitamin D helps you to absorb and use calcium and has other health benefits.
  • Quantity for Calcium

Age                                                      Dose or Quantity

0-6 months 210 mg/day
7-12 months 270 mg/day
1-3 years 500 mg/day
4-8 years 800 mg/day
9-18 years 1300 mg/day
19-50 years 1000 mg/day
Over 50 years 1200 mg/day

 

0-1 year                 400 IU/day  and

1-20 years              200 IU/day

Vitamin D Food

Milk 1 cup 100
Fortified rice or soy beverage 1 cup 80
Fortified orange juice 1/2 cup 45
Fortified margarine 2 tsp 51
Egg yolk 1 25
Herring or trout, cooked 75 g 156
Mackerel, cooked 75 g 80
Salmon, Atlantic, cooked 75 g 225
Salmon, canned or cooked 75 g 608
Sardines, Atlantic, canned 75 g 70
Sardines, Pacific, canned 75 g 360
Tuna, canned, light or white 75 g 41
Tuna, canned 75 g 105
Tuna, Skipjack, cooked 75 g 381
Tuna, bluefin, cooked 75 g 690

Meat, fish and other alternatives for children

These food products you can start when your child complete his first year. Now in this article we will discuss only about Meat, fish and other alternatives only.

Meat, fish, eggs, nuts, pulses, (like beans, peas and lentils.) Foods made from pulses like tofu, hummus, and soya mince etc. Quern (meat free ingredient) is an excellent source of protein, so of protein, so give at least one portion from this group each day. If you are bringing up for your child on a diet without meat means vegetarian or vegan, then give her two portions of different vegetables, this is enough supply of protein.

Ideas for snacks and Meal

  1. Pitta filled with canned salmon and salad with cheese.
  2. Boiled and sliced egg on toast with tomato slices.
  3. Toast with canned mashed sardines.
  4. Sandwiches with canned meat or fish with cheese.
  5. Baked beans with bread, chapatti or pitta bread.
  6. Soup of lentils or peas with little amount of butter.
  7. Fried chicken or fish with rice.
  8. Ham with baked potatoes and broccoli and carrot sticks
  9. Fish curry with rice or chapatti or bread
  10. Spaghetti Bolognese with vegetable or meat or fish
  11. Boiled pasta with curry of vegetable or meat
  12. Boiled pasta with peas, corn and butter.
  13. Mashed potato with cheese.
  14. Dosa with curry.

White fish

This also nutritious source of food for baby, but should be give when baby is 6 months old. Give a tiny scoop of cod, plaice or hake, making sure it has absolutely no bones in it.

 

Fruit and vegetables for children

The food products you can start when your child is 4 to 12 months old. Now in this article, we will discuss Fruits and Vegetables for children.

Fruits and vegetables contain lots of vitamin, minerals and fibre with the variety of colours flavours and textures. Try fresh, frozen or canned vegetable and fruits at around age one. Fruit and vegetable should eat daily, try to habituate your child. This may require some time but be patient and use some different ideas as written below. If your child refuses to eat vegetable or fruit or both, keep offering him and make sure that you like fruit and vegetables very much. Try to convince him.

Some fruits:

  • Strawberries.
  • Melon and their other types
  • Black currents
  • Pineapple
  • Apple
  • Orange or orange juices (without artificial flavour and colour)
  • Banana
  • Grapes cut into 2 pieces
  • Plums
  • Peach
  • Kiwis
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Fig
  • Passion fruit
  • Pomegranate
  • Mango
  • Lime

Some Vegetables

Fruit and vegetable Ideas

  • Carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, peeled and chopped apple, peeled and chopped banana give any of this as a snack.
  • Make pizza with vegetable toppings and add some fruits if you like.
  • Add some dried fruits in yoghurt
  • Mix chopped boiled vegetables in rice or with slices of chapati or pita bread.
  • Make the sandwich of favourite vegetables with cheese.
  • Give some mashed potatoes with rice or chapatti.
  • Prepare tasty pasta with favourite vegetables.
  • Use lentils with vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, peas, corn and more with bread or chapattis.

Broccoli

Add little water in broccoli then steam it, until it mash and sieve. It is a good first food but has some strong tasting on its own. So mixed it with baby rice or boiled potato.

Turnip

It also boiled with the little amount of water, until it becomes soft and mash or sieve. Give this with root vegetable like the carrot. It is also good first food for babies.

Avocado  

It should be soft and ripe. Generally dark brown colour avocado is best for babies. Cut it into 2 halves then remove the seed and skin of the avocado. Now remove the white pulp by using the spoon. Mix this pulp with breast milk or formula milk.

Carrots    

These are sweet and nutritious food. Steam it by adding the little water and then mash it. This is also good as first food for babies.

Spinach

This can be started when the baby is six months old. Boiled spinach with a little water then 1 to 2 tablespoon is sufficient to start the spinach. You can mix it with boiled potatoes or cooked rice.

So you can try these ideas as a snack or as a  meal.

Fruit and vegetable purees:

Cereal purees may cause some allergy so that start with vegetable puree first or fruit puree because it is sweet in taste and your baby like the sweet taste more than any other taste. You can start with mashed banana which easily to digest. Use potato, sweet potato, carrot, parsnip (a root vegetable related to the carrot.), Swede (yellow turnip) stewed pear or apple, melon, mango.

Baby rice: Most babies start with specially made baby rice it has many benefits like,

  1. It only needs mixing with breast milk or formula milk or a little cooled boiled water.
  2. It can be easily thinned to a particular texture, good for digestion.
  3. No allergy possible because it is gluten free.
  4. It is enriched with iron which can be easily absorbed, it is very tasty.
  5. Babies love to eat mashed rice.