Critical nutrients for brain development in infants and children
Halnan, B., 23 September 2020, Critical nutrients for brain development in infants and children, Journal of Health Visiting, https://doi.org/10.12968/johv.2020.8.9.376
The UK Department of Health publishes detailed recommendations for supplements during pregnancy and the postnatal period. Are there potential risks of over-supplementing the maternal diet or to the infant through additional supplements, such as extra vitamins or fortified infant formula? This article will examine the necessary macro- and micronutrients, the best food sources for these and when the sensitive periods of high demand occur for brain development during pregnancy and post-delivery. It will also examine current public health recommendations for ante- and postnatal supplements, and how midwives and health visitors can tailor their advice towards the more vulnerable groups of women and children they serve.