Vitamin C is very important for a child’s growth. Eating vitamin c rich food in your child’s food is the best way to include vitamin c in the diet.
Vitamin C boosts immune system and prevents infections. Vitamin C is also helpful in preventing cold and related infections. It also helps in strengthening your child’s gum. It is due to this Vitamin C, body absorbs iron content from the food very efficiently.
Below are few food sources of Vitamin C that can be included in your child’s diet.
Strawberries are usually juicy and power house of vitamin c and other antioxidants. Ripe strawberries are naturally sweet and can be a best finger food for babies.
Oranges are a well known citric fruit filled vitamin c supply. Oranges seeds and its membrane has to be removed before giving oranges to babies. They have to be cut into small pieces before giving to the baby. The fruits seem soft and easy to chew; but they are slippery and can cause choking in small babies
Broccoli has to be introduced with great care to babies as it can cause gas in smaller babies. It is a fibrous food and rich in vitamin C. It helps a lot in the bowel movements of the child. Thus, broccoli can be added into other baby food.
Spinach leaves are high in vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids which is very helpful in the growth of baby. It is always better to consult your doctor for the amount and other details needed to build your child’s vitamin c diet.
Papaya is often introduced to babies in the month of 8-10 months. Papaya contains high amounts of vitamin C. Many babies have papaya as their first fruit. They are very nutritious and good for health.
PS: Too much of vitamin C might result in gurgly tummy in babies and cause loose motion. So, care has to be taken to give the right amount that is just needed.