Every mum wants to see her precious child achieve 360° Development. What’s equally important is to provide him adequate nutrition with nutrients that can be easily digested and absorbed to keep his delicate tummy happy.
As a mum, you aspire for your precious child to achieve well-rounded development, which child experts assess as milestone achievements in four key areas. Below are the examples of milestones for children above six months old.
To be able to achieve these milestones, two key foundations to focus on are nutrition and stimulation.
From the time your child is six months of age, his body and brain continues to develop rapidly. In order to help him reach his full potential, incorporate the right nutrients into your child’s diet:
- DHA, together with ARA, Choline, and many other nutrients, which are important for brain development.1-3
- Protein is necessary for physical growth.
- Carbohydrates such as lactose are important nutrients. The digestion of lactose steadily releases glucose into circulation, which is a primary source of energy to the brain.1-3
Stimulation refers to a child’s active interaction and helps to strengthen ‘connectors’ in a child’s brain while encouraging milestone development. Your child’s brain cells are multiplying at an intense rate. The connectors, which are key to learning, are the result of of stimulation by sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. Together with emotional feelings and the development of motor skills, stimulation is essential for healthy brain development.
Nutrition-wise Way for Happy Tummies
While it is important to provide your child with nutrients that support 360° Development, remember that it is also important to keep his digestive system happy. Sensitive tummies are common in Asia. As your child’s digestive system is still growing and maturing, enzymes are not yet able to work at full capacity.
Research shows that Asian children are more likely to have delicate tummies 4-8. Therefore, they need nutrients that can easily be digested.
Many children suffer from intestinal gas, tummy upsets and diarrhoea, especially after having dairy products. This is typically caused by problems in digesting proteins and lactose. The best way to avoid causing tummy problems is to provide your child with nutrients that his delicate tummy can easily digest and absorb.
Here are two ways that may help to keep delicate tummies happy:
- Partially hydrolysed protein – These are partially broken down protein molecules via PHP* technology that still have the same nutritional value as whole intact protein molecules.8 It is easier for young tender tummies to absorb and digest.
- A lower lactose level – It may help your child if he has difficulty digesting lactose.9
With the key foundations of tummy-friendly nutrition and brain-friendly stimulation in place, you’re on the right path. So Mums, keep your child’s delicate tummy happy and help support his 360° Development goals!
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* PHP = Protein Hydrolysation Process
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