Your baby will need essential vitamins for proper growth, proper eyesight, battling infections, to make muscles, organs, skin, and bones. Lack of these elements may lead to serious diseases in babies. Some of the essential vitamins needed by babies include:
- Vitamin A (Beta-carotene)
Vitamin A is contained in mangoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and melons.
- Helps in baby’s cell growth
- Development of baby’s muscles and bones
- Red-blood-cell production in the body
- Development of baby’s mucous membrane and skin
- Promotes resistance to baby’s infection
Dose: 700 micrograms per day is enough for babies
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
Vitamin B1 is contained in fish, meat, naan bread, and fortified breakfast cereals
- Converts baby’s food to energy
- Helps in nervous system growth
- Essential for heart and brain development
Dose: 900 micrograms per day is enough for babies.
- Vitamin B6 (Pyroxidine)
It is contained in nuts, vegetables, bananas, canned tuna, and chicken breast
- Helps in the production of new red blood cells
- Helps in nervous system and brain development
- Helps in the metabolism of starch, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
Dose: 1.2 milligrams per day is enough for babies
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)
It is contained in semi-skimmed milk, avocados, and hard-boiled eggs
- Regulates antibodies and baby’s growth
- Helps in metabolism of fats and proteins
- Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)
It is contained in foods such as milk, eggs, fish, and meat.
- Promotes baby’s growth
- Promotes production of red blood cells
Deficiency of vitamin B12 leads to a condition known as anemia in babies. Vegetarian babies can be given as a supplement
- Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)
It is contained in foods such as tomatoes, broccoli, strawberries, and orange juices.
- Promotes production of collagen
- Helps in tissue repair
- Promotes growth and strengthening of baby’s teeth, gums, and bones
- Helps in absorption of iron from food
- Helps in the fight against infections
Dose: 50 milligrams per day is enough for babies.
In some cases, it is difficult for you to get your baby to eat a nutrient dense diet consistently and therefore deficiencies will occur. In this case, you will need to replace the missing nutrients in your baby’s diet with supplements for them to grow up strong and healthy. Below is a list of the list of the best natural supplement for your baby:
- Vitamin K2
Vitamin K2 is different from the one found in dark green leafy vegetables (vitamin K1) – which assist in blood clotting.
- Protect the baby from heart diseases
- Helps in prevention of cancer
- Promotes brain function in babies
- Ensure healthy baby skin
- Helps in formation of strong bones
Vitamin K2 is commonly found in fermented foods, healthy gut flora, and traditional foods. Vitamin K2 from these sources is said not to be enough, and that is why I recommend vitamin K2 supplements in the form of MK-4 and MK-7
Dose: 60 micrograms of vitamin K2 per day is enough for babies. Vitamin K2 does not exhibit toxicity at any level.
Probiotics are plentiful in fermented foods. Since it is not recommended to feed your child with fermented foods, probiotic supplements will be a good source of the helpful bacteria.
- It helps to keep the baby’s gut balanced with beneficial microorganisms
- The healthy gut keeps harmful microorganisms away
- It helps in breakdown of toxins
- Helps in the manufacture of vitamin K2 and vitamin B
Probiotics supplements are obtained from beneficial soil bacteria or lacto-based cultured or fermented foods
- Vitamin D
Lack of vitamin D causes a disease known as rickets in babies. Breastfed babies do not receive vitamin D from the mother’s milk. Babies can get vitamin D from sunlight, but nowadays the sun transmits too much UV rays which can cause cancer to your baby. Therefore, I recommend vitamin D supplement for babies from the age of 2 months.
- It helps the body absorb calcium from the baby’s food or milk which makes their bones healthy and strong
- Helps in the regulation of cell growth and insulin production
Dose: Babies aged 2 – 12 months need 10 micrograms per day and babies older that one year needs 15 micrograms per day.