By: Steve Lore, Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living Fall 2012
How would one react if a baby were to be dropped on its head? Knowing that the baby’s brain is developing and being aware that any type of impact to the head can cause some form of brain damage, why would anyone do the same by not supplying their developing child with proper nutrition? According to Livestrong.com, poor nutrition for toddlers and unborn babies can cause developmental issues localized in the brain.
Livestrong.com indicates that a baby’s diet should be 50% fat (Jones, 2011). Development of the brain in the womb begins during the tenth week of pregnancy, in which the mother must have a healthy and balanced diet to prevent the risk of the baby being born with some form of retardation or a behavioral issue (Jones, 2011). After birth, the best way for a baby to receive a wide variety of nutrients is through breast feeding or some form of an iron-fortified formula (Jones, 2011). Once the child moves onto solid food, it is better for the child to have an intake of nutrients such as iron and protein to prevent a deficiency from developing (Jones, 2011).
Given the information regarding what can happen if a child is on a poor diet, the risk shows to be dangerous. Of course, the nutrition provided to the child is up to parents. If a mother decides to not provide their child (born or unborn) with the necessary nutrients needed in their diet, the child may have a disorder or could obtain a deficiency. It is in the hands of the parent or guardian to supply the child with a well-balanced and nutrient rich diet to prevent developmental disorders (which can cause a child problems in school and/or lower a child’s IQ) and physical disorders such as that of protein malnutrition. Keeping a child’s diet healthy is keeping a child’s brain development healthy, which is why children should be supplied with a well-balanced diet that is rich in nutrients.