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,


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.


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