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SYMPTOMS OF NUTRITION DEFICIENCY IN BABIES

Nutrition in babies

Is your baby getting adequate nutrition? Watch out for these symptoms.

Baby nutrition becomes a crucial aspect of health, growth, development and well-being after 6 months. If the baby is breastfed for the initial six months, often times, there is little to worry about the nutritional requirements or moms need not worry about lack of nutrition in their babies. Babies need adequate nutrients from vitamins to fats. If your baby lacks nutrition, don’t worry, you can easily identify the nutrition deficiency through many symptoms. Identifying the symptoms of nutrition deficiency in babies is very important to avoid several health complications in the babies, as they grow. How to identify if my baby lacks nutrition? Check out these symptoms of nutrition deficiency in babies.

Vitamin A deficiency symptoms:

Deficiency of vitamin A could abruptly damage the vision of the babies and can create very severe vision problems. Common sings of Vitamin A deficiency include hair loss or delayed or no hair growth, loss of weight or inability to gain weight, prolonged tiredness, dry eyes, etc.

Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms:

 The deficiency of this nutrient is depicted through many ways in babies. Developmental delays, edema, poor growth, inability to understand, brain fog, stomach pain, insomnia, etc are the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency. Since this nutrient is greatly associated with nervous system, any problem in the heart or brain indicates the deficiency of Vitamin B12. Simply, if your child lack smartness or remain inactive both physically and mentally it be assured that your baby lack vitamin B12.

Vitamin B 6 deficiency symptoms:

While lack of vitamin B12 affects the growth and development, Vitamin B6 deficiency affects the behavior. Irritating behavior, tantrums, hyperactivity, tensed, stress, inattention, etc indicates the lack of Vitamin B6.

Vitamin C deficiency Symptoms:

Poor appetite, bruising, dry skin, dry hair, prone to infections quickly, etc are the symptoms of vitamin C deficiency.

Calcium and Vitamin D deficiency symptoms:

Deficiency of vitamin D impact the deficiency of calcium. In fact, if the child doesn’t get enough dose of vitamin D, the natural vitamin we can absorb from sunlight, then the body will not be able to absorb the calcium. Both these deficiencies goes hand in hand affecting the health of your baby in a long run, even creating permanent disability.

Delay in teething, physical growth delay, weakened bones, pain in the joints, prone to injuries, etc indicate the weakness in bones, due to lack of calcium or lack of absorption of calcium in the body due to Vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin K deficiency symptoms:

Not many of us bother about Vitamin K. Vitamin K is a very important nutrient that helps in clotting blood quickly, preventing injuries, etc. Unfortunately, most of the babies lack in Vitamin K and newborns are provided adequate dose of Vitamin K either orally or through injection. Symptoms of Vitamin K deficiency include nose bleeding, uncontrollable or frequent bruising – especially in the face, frequent vomiting or vomiting sensation, bleeding during vomiting, paleness, etc.

Not enough carbohydrates:

Carbohydrates are energy giving foods. If you go on a restricted diet for your baby, say a lot of protein and vitamins, with milk, meat, fruits and veggies, your child with definitely lack carbohydrate. The most common symptom of carb deficiency in babies is fatigue, weakness, deprived energy, etc.

Iron Deficiency symptoms:

Iron is one of the most important nutrients, a mineral that keeps major health ailments at bay.  Iron deficiency, also called as anemia has too many indicators, which include brittle nails, pale face, white eyes, pale nails, loss or hair or delayed hair growth, rapid heartbeat (although heart beats faster in babies, it further increases, loss of appetite, etc. It can cause permanent physical and mental disabilities, even if you feed enough dose of iron. And to absorb Iron, your baby needs Vitamin C.

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