Nutrient Deficiencies | Melanie Bouras

Nutrient deficiencies in children

Nutrient deficiencies can be common in children

Does your child have a nutrient deficiency or do you suspect that your child may have a nutrient deficiency?

Nutrient deficiencies are quite common in children. The most common deficiency is an iron deficiency. However, many children can be deficient in zinc, B12, Vitamin C and A, if they are not eating a good range of foods from the 5 Core Food Groups (Fruit, Vegetables, Grains, Protein and Dairy). 

Vitamin D is also a common nutrient that is low in many Australian children. However, the best source of Vitamin D is sunlight. Egg yolks and foods fortified with Vitamin D, can also help improve Vitamin D levels. 

In some cases, children will require supplementation to correct a nutrient deficiency. However, you may benefit from dietary education to prevent further deficiencies from developing, and to learn how to meet nutrient requirements with food instead of supplementation.

A consultation with Melanie will ensure that you have a thorough understanding of how to meet your child’s nutrient requirements with wholesome foods.

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