(StatePoint) With 85 percent of brain growth occurring during the first three years of life, it’s important that toddlers get DHA, an important building block of the growing brain.
While experts recommend that toddlers consume 70-100 mg of DHA daily to support early brain and eye development, on average their diets only provide 25 percent of that amount. Why? A main source of DHA -- fatty fish – is not terribly popular among little ones, while toddler favorites, like cereal, cheese, chicken nuggets, carrot sticks and fruit puree have 0 mg DHA.
Luckily, it can be easy to help close this nutrition gap. For example, try complementing your child’s diet with foods that contain DHA, such as Enfagrow Toddler Next Step, a milk-based toddler drink containing DHA. Designed for 1-3-year-olds, it helps ensure good nutrition for changing needs and tastes. From the maker of Enfamil, the number one infant formula recommended by pediatricians, it also helps support the immune system with prebiotics and other important nutrients that toddlers may not get in their regular diets.