The partnership of nature and science in child nutrition

For the healthy growth and development of a child, nutrition should be adapted to fit each developmental stage. Science identifies specific nutrients that are important for certain developmental milestones, ensuring that the child's needs are fully met. Information about selected nutrients and their dosages – in the context of different age ranges – are summarised in the following sections. However, it should be kept in mind that dosages may differ according to the individual context – for example, regional variations may apply. The Institute NaturScience therefore strongly recommends consulting an expert in instances where more detailed, individual information is required.

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In each trimester of pregnancy the supply of vitamins and minerals is highly important. Foetal development is underway and this lays the foundation for the child's future health.

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0-3 months

To support newborn babies, long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) and vitamin D play an important role. They contribute to healthy sensory and bone development.

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3-6 months

Calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D are important for teeth and bone development at this stage, and therefore should be included in infant nutrition.

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6-9 months

Iodine, selenium, and vitamin B12 have several advantageous effects for children aged 6-9 months, especially for the brain and the immune system.

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9-12 months

Special attention should be paid to vitamins A, C, and D at this developmental stage in an infant's life. They particularly affect eye and bone development.

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12 months and older

Toddler development is influenced by numerous natural compounds. Vitamin C, zinc, fluoride, and the vitamin-B complex have been identified as especially important from a scientific point of view.

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