baby with a delicate tummy

Helping your child’s development

In the early years of life, more than half of the total energy from ingested nutrients in your young child’s diet will go into supporting his physical and mental development and function. As your child grows and develops, his nutritional needs will change. It is important to choose the appropriate nutrition options to help support these changing requirements as your child’s delicate tummy develops.

Helping His Mental Development

85% of brain growth is achieved by the third year of a child’s life. That’s why children learn so much and are constantly striving to do so many new things. Supporting this growth are the key nutrients like DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), ARA (arachidonic acid), choline and many other nutrients. DHA is one of the important omega-3 fatty acids and one of the key building blocks of the human brain. DHA helps your child reach the key stages in his cognitive development, and supports the eyes and nervous system. 

Helping His Ingestion

In his early years, proteins in a child’s diet are crucial in tissue building and maintenance. Given their critical roles, some proteins are made to become easy-to-digest and easy-to-absorb, such as partially hydrolyzed protein (PHP), so that the delicate tummy of your child will not have to work so hard to break down and subsequently absorb them.

Some children’s tummies may have difficulty digesting lactose and may have digestive problems, such as flatulence or gassiness. Gas is produced when excess or undigested lactose is fermented by microbes in the digestive system.  Nonetheless, lactose is an important nutrient because it supports an important aspect of your child’s development. How is that so? Lactose is broken down into glucose and galactose to be utilized by the body.  Glucose acts as the principal metabolic fuel and provides sustained energy for overall growth and development. Foods like yogurt and lower lactose milk may be given to children who have difficulty digesting lactose. The bacteria in yogurt can help in lactose digestion.

Helping Your Child’s Nutrition Needs

It may take time for your child’s digestive system to develop naturally and to outgrow his digestive discomfort. Meanwhile, an appropriate diet can help manage some of the digestive discomfort your child may experience.

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