Is Fish Good for Babies?

As a mother of eight I have realised how important is ones child’s health. Their behaviour and health is affected by what they eat for better or worse. Of course a parent knows how important a balanced diet is, consisting of full whole grains, vegetables and lean protein but when it comes to toddlers, we often forget the importance of fishes in their diet. Parents don’t seem to take it as a “baby” food.

Over the years I have researched about the benefits of fishes in our diet and have come to a conclusion that omega-3 fatty acids, found in seafood are very important for the growth and development of a child. Continuous researches and studies were proving that they contributed a lot to the development of a child’s brain and even more. After that I have started to recommend fish to many of my friends who are going to be moms or who come to me asking for suggestion, after seeing my healthy children.  The fatty acids available in the fishes are not just health for the development of a child’s brains but all organs of their body, starting from brain to the skin. Most parents are unsure about feeding their babies fish, which is perhaps the richest source of DHA, the healthiest type of omega-3 fatty acids for infants.



What consuming fish can do for you and your baby?

Make your Baby Smarter:

A 2003 study in Journal Paediatrics found that mothers who took omega 3 supplements during pregnancy and lactation increased their child’s cognitive abilities when the child turns 4. In 2005, another study showed that a child who is given omega-3 showed improvement in reading and spelling scores.

Increase focus:

Another study showed that mothers who had abundant DHA in her body at delivery were better able to maintain focus than mothers who has lower DHA.

Improve vision:

DHA has been shown to improve vision in infants.

Boost Mood:

Research has showed people who consume more omega-3 suffer from lesser mood disorder and that women who eat fish high in these fatty acids during pregnancy suffer less postpartum depression. This is because omega 3 acts in the brain to raise the level of “happy” hormones such as dopamine and serotonin.

Enhances Immunity:

These fatty acids have also been linked to improve immunity for babies as well as adults. In a study, Danish toddlers who consumed food supplemented with fish oil had much higher level of protein which is a key to healthy immune function.

Prevent inflammation:

Omega- 3 can decrease inflammation in all parts of the body, including the skin. Serving a bit of tuna or salmon before 9 months many actually protect him or her from developing allergic skin diseases.

One can start feeding their babies fish after 6 m when he or she starts feeding on solids. It may seem like a grown up food but it is the ideal food for infants. Oily fish such as tuna, sardines and salmon are the best for babies as they are rich sources of the above mentioned fatty acids.

Please avoid fishes high in mercury and other pollutants. It can be done by checking out mercury meter in commonly consumed fishes. Fishes are also a source of lean protein, vitamin D which is important for the fast growing bones of your baby.

Do you give fish to your baby?

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