During the first 4-6 months, breast milk would suffice to provide the baby with all the required nutrients. After 4-6 months, the diet of the baby undergoes a change with solid food being provided apart from milk liquid food. Although the notion is that the supplements are needed only for special cases like premature babies or the children in NICU, taking additional supplements through food or prescribed supplements even for normal babies would aid their growth.
Here are 7 Infant supplements that you can take with the advice of your pediatrician, to be provided to the baby.
- Iron: Breast Milk provides enough Iron for the baby. However after 4-6 months, the iron requirement of the child jumps up. This is about the same time that the child starts to have solid food. Pureed meat, lentils, cereal etc can be provided to the child for Iron supplement.
2. Vitamin D : This is one of the key supplements which is found in less quantities in the breast milk. Since it is not encouraged to expose the baby to the sun, Vitamin D supplements are advised by Pediatricians.
3. Vitamin B12 – This helps in Nervous system development. While this can be provided through food, people preferring vegetarian food can get it through supplements.
4. DHA – This Omega 3 aids in Brain development and can be provided through fatty acids in the diet apart from breast milk.
5. Flouride : Flouride is not required during the first 6 months of the baby, however there might be a need after that period for which you might seek the advice of a pediatrician.
6. Vitamin K : It is found in less quantities in breast milk and all children do have a deficiency of it. It can be supplemented by an initial shot of it during the early days of a child.
7. Vitamin A : Although it is found in abundance in breast milk, sometimes there might be a need for additional supplements that can be provided as per pediatrician’s advise.
You can reach out to the best pediatrician in Chandigarh at Chaitanya Hospital for further advice on the supplements that can be provided to infants.