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Iron and zinc on guards of health of your kid of

Maternal milk is ideally suited for the child as the first food from the point of view of nutritiousness, protection against diseases and assistance to emotional development. However by 4 - 6 months when the child can sit, bring objects to a mouth and digest not liquid food, its organism needs additional nutrients, first of all, in iron and zinc.

Therefore to prevent deficiency of nutrients during this important period of growth and development of the child, in addition to milk enter a feeding up into a diet of the child. Use in baby food of the grain porridges and products enriched with iron and zinc will help to protect your child from a lack of these elements and development of anemia. As grain products producers of baby food offer the porridges consisting of one or several species of cereals. whether

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In the last 3 months of pregnancy the child receives a sufficient reserve of iron which lasts for the first 6 months of life from mother`s organism. However in half a year practically all reserves of iron which are saved up till the birth are used while daily the child has to receive with food about 0,8 - 0,6 mg of iron for maintenance of growth and 0,2 mg for restoration of losses.

Risk factors

such factors as a sex of the kid, his weight at the birth exert

On an iron reserve in an organism of the child impact, growth rates, and structure of food. The use of products with the high content of iron, such as grain porridges and meat mashes of baby food, increases iron level in a children`s organism. And the children using cow`s milk poor in iron are threatened by iron deficiency anemia. Deficiency of iron and iron deficiency anemia most often arise during the periods of rapid growth and are rather widespread among the children who are only on breastfeeding therefore the feeding women have to include in the daily diet products with the high content of iron.

In the early childhood of a consequence of deficiency of iron (both with development of anemia, and without it) - an arrest of development, problems of informative activity, lower level of development of intellectual and movement skills, changes in behavior - can be shown rather poorly, but have an effect on later age even if deficiency of iron will be eliminated. Therefore it is so important to p to remember

prevention of exhaustion of reserves of iron in the child`s organism. In this case the feeding up has to consist of the grain porridges and/or meat mashes enriched with iron.


Unlike iron, the content of zinc in breast milk in the first weeks is after the delivery rather high, but then sharply decreases in the first weeks of a lactation. Despite increase in amount of the received milk in the first weeks after the delivery, sharp decrease in content of zinc in milk leads to reduction of receipt of this microcell in the child`s organism. Therefore at the expense of only one breast milk the need of the six-month-old child for zinc can hardly be satisfied.

Risk factors

, most likely, can carry small weight at the birth To risk factors, premature birth, frequent ponosa and rather low content of zinc in maternal milk. The risk of deficiency of zinc significantly increases in case of the frequent infectious diseases which are especially connected with diarrhea during which the organism loses a lot of zinc.

More than 80% of need for zinc at children aged from 6 months till 2 years become covered by

at the expense of a feeding up. The choice of time of the beginning of introduction and a type of a feeding up is of great importance for maintenance of necessary level of content of zinc in an organism.

What products best of all suit

as the first feeding up?

the Feeding up plays a key role in satisfaction of need of the baby for iron and zinc. From the point of view of development physical and emotional abilities of the child are closely connected with need for additional sources of nutrients, except breast milk. For example, disappearance of a reflex of vomiting and development of ability to control the movements of a neck and a trunk coincide on time with emergence at the child of biological need for additional nutrients.

Is recommended to choose by

such products which in general satisfy needs of the child for nutrients, for example, the baby food enriched with iron consisting of one type of grain porridges. Grain porridges, as a rule, are easily acquired by children, and recently some types of such porridges began to enrich with zinc. Kashi from one or several species of cereals can be mixed with breast milk to create the “flavoring bridge“ facilitating transition to a feeding up.

Comparative protein content, gland and zinc in separate types of a feeding up

the Table shows

that cereals are an important source of iron. In comparison with grain beef and chicken contain much more protein, it is a little more than zinc and much less iron. Meat and a bird - good sources of protein. It is significantly more zinc in beef, than in chicken, and the content of iron in both of these products is approximately identical.

Anyway the decision on introduction of a feeding up has to be accepted by

taking into account a state of health and food of the child, and also level of its physical readiness to provide optimum addition of breastfeeding with the nutrients necessary for the correct growth and development.


In assortment of baby food of the Gerber brand presented a large number of products with the high content of iron and zinc, for example grain porridges and meat mashes which are ideally suited for drawing up an individual diet of the kid and prevention of iron deficiency anemia.

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