It is every parents duty and responsibility to ensure that they keep their children from harm, and ensure that their child is provided with all the basic necessities which are essential for their proper development and growth such as food, shelter, affection, clothing, and exercise. Part of the problem with children is that they are at an exceptionally delicate phase of their life and so their body will be undergoing a series of radical and drastic changes. The reason that this is potentially of concern is that if they do not get sufficient levels of nutrients in their diet, this means that they are a greater risk of developing illnesses such as anemia.
Anemia is often casually dismissed as a disease that is sustained by adults who are too busy with their work and family responsibilities to ensure that they are eating a well-balanced diet, but the truth of the matter is that young children, such as babies and toddlers are at a much higher risk of developing the disease. The reasons for this are well-documented, and are listed as follows.
What are some of the potential factors that places young children at the risk of developing anemia?
As briefly alluded to earlier in the article, (albeit it, briefly) the simple truth of the matter is that just as with adults, diet plays a major role in the chances of a young child developing anemia.
Breastfeeding is often heralded as the most important thing that a mother can do to promote the safety and health of her children, and with good reason. Breast milk has been proven to be extremely rich in iron which itself, is essential for ensuring that the human body is then able to produce the requisite number of haemoglobin agents in the bloodstream.
As the child grows older, and is thus capable of eating solid foods, the diet of the child becomes no less important. Therefore, it is essential that the parent is firm with their child if the child is fussy and picky about the food that they eat, and hard as it maybe, the parent must strive to ensure that the child actually eats the food as required.
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