Nutrients needed by babies

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Babies have certain dietary needs that should be made available for them, so that they could grow healthy and strong.  If babies don’t get enough of the nutrients that they need, this will result for them to develop certain ailments and deficiencies. The parent must be aware of the food group needed to be given to the baby so he/she could receive the right nutrients to grow healthy.

Some of the most important nutrients that are needed by the growing babies are listed below:

  • Calcium – The baby need this so that it could strengthen their bones and teeth.  It should be given to babies in sufficient amounts. It also helps the body of the baby to develop its overall strength.  When babies who lack calcium often have frail bones and teeth. This can be supplied to the baby through breastfeeding and/or formula feeding.  Also try to incorporate some green vegetables, cheese, orange juice and other calcium-rich food while the baby is growing.
  • Iron – It helps to deliver enough oxygen to several tissues in the body.  The baby will always feel fatigue and pale if they don’t receive enough iron.  Though most babies have their own iron reserves in their body from birth to six months, it will not be enough as the body needs a steady supply of the nutrient.  Give them food and formulas that are fortified with iron, green leafy vegetables, etc.

Aside from taking in iron-rich food, with no sufficient Vitamin C the absorption of iron from the food that your baby eats going into the body will be quite low. This is the reason why vitamin C is also needed by the baby so that it could improve their iron absorption.

  • Protein – With their rapid growth, babies need to have sufficient amount of protein to aid them to regenerate and grow tissues.  Babies need more protein in their body compared to adults because of the rapid development of their tissues and growth.

In order for your baby to get enough protein, you should continue giving them formula food or supply it by means of breastfeeding. At the same time, if your baby is ready for solid food you might want to include fish, meat and poultry to further provide him/her with sufficient protein.

  • Zinc – Mineral that helps the body ward off illness and boost the immune system. It is also needed for the baby’s growth. It can come from zinc include grain, milk, cheese and many others.


  • Water – Aside from enough nutrients and minerals, you should make sure that your baby gets enough water in order to keep hydrated. Also, you should take note that our body is mostly made up of water. That is why it is important that you let your baby drink enough fluids to avoid dryness.


  • Fat – Children need fat as a source of calories.