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Baby vitamin C: Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is a water soluble vitamin that the body needs but cannot make by itself. This lovely vitamin cannot be stored in our bodies either but is essential for the healing and prevention of most minor common sicknesses such as colds and infections. Even though we as mammals cannot produce our own vitamin C, we can fortunately enough, find it in so many nutritious and easily accessible fruits and vegetables all year round.
Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin which means it cannot be stored in the body and the excess is passed in urine. But that does not mean that we can take in as much of this vitamin as we wish as too much of it (too much of everything really) could prove harmful. Persons who take excess amounts of the C vitamin and then suddenly stop may as a result suffer from a condition known as rebound scurvy.
The best source of baby vitamin c and other nutrients is as always from food. As long as your baby is healthy and eats his fruit puree and vegetables and has a balanced diet daily you really do not need to worry too much. Recent studies suggest that taking supplements when you do not actually have a deficiency could cause more harm than good. Focusing on giving our babies sound nutritious foods should be the main goal. Your pediatrician may recommend supplements if he/she thinks that it is necessary.
Did you known that vitamin C enhances the absorption of Iron? So why not give your baby a fruit/fruit puree for dessert after an iron rich meal or add some broccoli to a meaty meal.
Babies need a daily intake of vitamin C and the best source of vitamin C for babies is fresh fruits and vegetables. Because this vitamin is water soluble and also sensitive to heat, cooking or stewing it in water will get rid of most it. Instead of stewing fruits or vegetables try steaming or serving fruits and some vegetables raw (the age of your baby should be taken into consideration here).
Please note that recommendations may be different in your country and that baby vitamin C requirements/dosage may vary from child to child. A sick baby may for example need more vitamin C than a healhty baby would, so please consult your pediatrician.
An apple a day will keep the doctor away? Yes, babies from 6 months of age do just like adults, need a daily intake of fruit and vegetables. Vitamin C's healing and antioxidant properties are not to be underestimated.
Good sources of Vitamin C are many but here are a few excellent sources: Cauliflower, green beans, ripe tomato, Oranges, Baked potatoes (must be baked in skin), Broccoli, Apples, papaya, Kiwi fruit, Mango, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Raspberry, Zucchini and fresh parsley.Learn More and Resources