Common Nutritional Deficiencies in Children & How to Spot Them


Kids
don’t always want to eat the foods that are best for them. So as a
parent, I’m definitely concerned about making sure my daughters get the
vital nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.

Common Nutritional Deficiencies in Children & How to Spot Them

Nutritional
deficiencies in children are much easier to remedy if caught early.
That’s why I want to share four of the most common vitamins and minerals
that your children might not get enough of without a little extra help.


Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D is critical both
in its own right, as well as for its role in the absorption of calcium.
Both Vitamin D and calcium are vital in growing strong bones and teeth.

Our
skin produces Vitamin D when exposed to natural sunlight. Children with
little sun exposure or that live in higher latitudes might not get
enough this way.

The earliest symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency
are bone and muscle soreness. If the deficiency is not corrected, it
can lead to serious skeletal deformities and a condition known as
Rickets.
 
Iron Deficiency (Anemia)

Iron makes it possible for red blood cells to transport oxygen to our vital organs and throughout the body.

Symptoms
of iron deficiency, or anemia, include: tiredness, pale skin
(especially around the hands, nails, and eyelids), rapid heartbeat or a
heart murmur, irritability, low appetite, dizziness, or even a condition
known as pica (eating non-food items such as dirt).
 
B Vitamin Deficiency

The B Vitamins are needed in every area of our body and help maintain a strong immune system and optimal mental function.

Symptoms
of B Vitamin deficiencies may include: nausea, abdominal pains,
vomiting, loss of appetite, bad breath, indigestion and constipation.
These symptoms are easily confused with other medical conditions. If
you’re having trouble figuring out the cause of health issues, this
could be the missing link.

Especially important for children, a
diet that is lacking B vitamins can affect a child’s ability to learn
and focus at school. (Source: The Recommended Daily at SmartyPants
Vitamins)
 
Zinc Deficiency

Zinc is a
trace mineral that is often forgotten in terms of discussions about
nutritional needs. It usually takes a backseat to other well-known
minerals like calcium and magnesium. However, zinc is equally important
for growth and healthy development in children.

Symptoms of zinc deficiency
include poor appetite, weight loss, and changes in the sense of taste
and/or smell. If left unchecked, zinc deficiency can lead to stunted
growth, poor wound healing, and hair loss.

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