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by Dave Foreman
What supplements should I be giving my baby?
Most infants (2yrs. old or younger) would probably benefit from supplementation - even if you are nursing. As with any of my suggestions, be sure to consult with your pediatrician prior to giving these supplements to your child.
Probiotics: There are several powdered infant probiotics on the market. These are designed to give your child added support for healthy digestion and elimination. Even without antibiotic use, I still recommend probiotics on a daily basis. Making sure you have enough good bacteria for your child will assure him or her of better digestion, with less gas, bloating, diarrhea, colic and constipation. You can also prevent food allergies and other skin related disorders with this supplement.
Product suggestions:Nature's Way Primadophilus, Children and Natren Life Start.
Fish oil: DHA, one of the Omega-3s found in fish oil, is essential for brain, eye and other key developmental areas of your child's health. Mixing a flavored oil with your breast milk or formula can and will provide huge benefits. I joke that I am the dumbest one at the dinner table because my children received fish oil as infants.
Product suggestion: Nordic Naturals Children's DHA.
Multivitamin: Even at a young age, supplementing the diet with a good multivitamin is a great idea. As I always say, the most important nutrient is the one that you are missing. Which one will it be for your child? You won't know, so consider an infant multivitamin to make up for any shortfalls in his or her diet.
Product suggestions:Vitamin Shoppe Brand Liquid Children's Multivitamin, Kinder Love Children's Multivitamin.