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Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin that your baby needs but cannot make by himself. This vital vitamin cannot be stored in our bodies either, and so we need to replenish our stores consistently. Vitamin C is an essential part of your baby’s diet. This nutrient helps protect your baby from the common cold and infections. Vitamin C for babies also contains antioxidants which help protects your baby from many forms of cancer.
The only trouble with vitamin C is that it is a water-soluble vitamin which means your baby cannot store it in his body. The body will eventually get rid of any excess amounts of vitamin C through urine. Luckily it’s easy to find. We can find vitamin C in a lot of easily accessible fruits such (especially citrus fruits) and vegetables.
Are Baby Vitamin C Supplements Good For My Baby?
The best source of vitamin C for babies and other nutrients is as always from our seasonal foods. As long as your baby is healthy and eats his fruits (or fruit purees) and vegetables and has a balanced diet, you have nothing to worry about.
Recent studies suggest that taking supplements when you do not have a deficiency could cause more harm than good. If you can, focus on giving your baby wholesome, nutritious foods instead.
Your pediatrician may recommend vitamin c supplements if he/she thinks that it is necessary. Also, if you have a picky little eater, your pediatrician might recommend vitamin C supplements for babies.
Good Sources of Vitamin C For Babies
During the first year, your baby’s vitamin C requirements will be met by either breastmilk or formula. From age 1 and up, you’ll need to increase his daily intake by adding some vitamin C rich food to his diet.
The best sources of vitamin C for babies aged 1 and up are fresh fruits and vegetables. And because this nutrient is water soluble and also sensitive to heat, cooking or stewing it in water will get rid of most it. There are a lot of ways in which you can prepare fruits for your baby to retain most of the nutrients, but one of the ways that I think has worked for my two children is by serving it raw 98% of the time. Instead of boiling your baby’s fruits and vegetables, try steaming them or serving the fruits raw (the age of your baby should be taken into consideration here).
Also, did you know that vitamin C enhances the absorption of iron? So why not give your baby a bit of fruit puree for dessert after an iron-rich meal?
The following is a list of some of the best sources of vitamin C for babies:
- Green beans
- Ripe tomato
- Baked potatoes (must be cooked in the skin)
- Fresh parsley
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