Iodine - Essential Element for Healthy Baby

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Iodine – Essential Element for Healthy Baby

Iodine – Essential Element for Healthy Baby

Iodine is one of the important elements required for growth and development, especially in babies and children. Even grown-ups need it too. We need only a small amount of it for good health.

Natural sources of Iodine:

  • Sea food (fish, prawns and seaweed)
  • Cranberries
  • Yoghurt
  • Strawberries
  • Banana
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Milk
  • Boiled Eggs
  • Fortified Ionized Salt
  • Cheese

Why children need iodine?

Human thyroid glands need iodine to produce hormones that control metabolism, growth and development of a growing child. If growing children don’t get required iodine in their diets, they might become iodine deficient and Iodine deficiency can cause the thyroid gland to increase in size. A puffy thyroid gland or goiter can badly affect hormone production. Swallowing and breathing difficulties can also be developed. This can also lead to hypothyroidism, causing problems such as weight gain, dry skin, tiredness, hair loss, intolerance to cold, depression and even lower IQ level.

How much is required?

  • Babies of age 0-6 months need 90 μg everyday.
  • Older babies of age 7-12 months require 110 μg per day.
  • Children aged 1-8 years require about 90 μg per day.
  • Pregnant women and breastfeeding women should take an iodine supplement of 150 micrograms (μg) per day.

However, prefer to offer Iodine in an accurate quantity, excess consumption might cause medical issues with their thyroid glands. Some medications and supplements might also contain high doses of iodine, so avoid them also, unless your pediatrician suggests it.

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