5 Common Nutrient Deficiencies in Children

5 Common Nutrient Deficiencies in Children

Is my little guy getting enough iron? My daughter doesn’t like milk or cheese.  Should I be worried about calcium? I forget to give my child their Vitamin D half the time!  Is that a problem?  One of the biggest reasons parents reach out to me is because they are worried (maybe even freaking out) about their child’s eating. And ultimately, their nutrition. It can be difficult to get the whole spectrum of nutrients, especially if we have picky eaters!   So I tend to focus on common nutrient deficiencies in children instead of obsessing about a longer list. Why do we care? Vitamins and minerals are needed for optimal growth and play many functions in a growing body; from bone development to boosting the immune system. Some of these nutrients work together synergistically for maximum absorption. So when one is depleted it can affect the function of others. Making sure our littles ones are getting what they need is crucial…and also concerning for parents! But I know there’s always something to worry about.  And worrying is exhausting.  So I only want parents to focus on the nutrients that REALLY MATTER.  Starting with the 5 most common nutrient deficiencies in children along with dietary sources to help bridge the nutrient gaps.   5 Common Nutrient Deficiencies in Children Iron Iron is needed for many functions in the body and is a component of hemoglobin (which helps carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body where it is used and stored). It’s important in muscle function as it is found in the myoglobin, a muscle protein, and...