Eating on the other hand can be a little tricky when it comes to your toddler. Between the ages of one and three years old is when things can become particularly difficult.
If your toddler doesn’t have a good diet of the correct food and nutrients, it makes the forming of strong bones and teeth, muscles and healthy tissues difficult. A good diet can also help to protect against illness!
- Vitamin A is needed for your toddler to have healthy skin, eyes and a strong immune system.
- Vitamin C is important for your toddler’s immune system, and also for wound healing and bone and tissue growth.
- Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of minerals into the blood stream.
- Vitamin B is very important, particularly B6 which is required for the production of antibodies and red blood cells.
- Iron is important for your toddler’s immune system and supplying oxygen to the cells.
- Calcium is important for strong bones and teeth and also for muscle action.
- Magnesium is required for most body processes, including energy production.
- Zinc is required for growth, energy, a healthy metabolism, immunity and insulin storage.
The table below will give you a good idea of how you can put the necessary vitamins and minerals into your toddler’s diet.
If your toddler seems tired or run down, ask your doctor if a vitamin supplement will help. Typically, an over the counter multivitamin and mineral supplement should provide the extra vitamin A, C and D that may be lacking in their day-to-day diets.
There is much disagreement among professionals, however, about whether supplements are good for all children or not. Remember to always consult your doctor before giving your toddler a supplement of any kind.
Do you think your toddler is getting all the vitamins and minerals they need?