Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid. It is a water-soluble vitamin which means it is easily absorbed from food and any extra that your body does not need is excreted. It is important to make sure your child has a balanced healthy diet as Vitamin C cannot be made by our bodies and so we rely completely on good nutritious food for its supply!
So why do we need it?
Vitamin C promotes good wound healing, acts as an antioxidant, supports a health immune system, helps iron absorption and can help reduce tiredness and weakness. As if that isn’t enough its role in collagen formation means it also helps to maintain blood vessels, bones and cartilage – Vitamin C is a busy vitamin!!
If your child suffers from a Vitamin C deficiency they may be at risk of developing a condition known as scurvy. Scurvy causes muscle pain, tiredness, rash, and bleeding or swelling of the gums. It can become a serious condition.
Where do we get it from?
The best sources of vitamin c are from fruit and veg. Foods particularly high in vitamin c include :
- oranges and orange juice
- red and green peppers
- brussels sprouts
Babies who are taking formula will get vitamin c from that. This is why formula is recommended over regular cows milk for babies as it is fortified with all the vitamins and minerals they need before they start solids.
Babies who are breastfed will receive all of their vitamin c requirements through their mum’s milk as long as their mother is eating a healthy and balanced diet. Sometimes it’s a good idea for breastfeeding mum’s to take a suitable vitamin supplement to ensure they are passing on nutritionally complete milk to their little ones. If you have a balanced and healthy diet breast milk is the best nutrition your baby can get.
Children who are going through fussy phases or ones of poor appetite may benefit from a multivitamin – to learn more all about the different products on the market check out my full multivitamin guide by clicking here!
How much does my child need?
Children over one year of age need 45mg of Vitamin C per day. Children under one year of age need 25mg of Vitamin C per day. Taking excessive levels of Vitamin C can cause stomach pains and diarrhoea.
I hope you found this information helpful and as always don’t hesitate to contact me on the WonderBaba Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) with any questions or for one to one advice for your little one! You can also consult with me in person at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 or over the phone on 012600262.