The Opportunity For Developing Your Child’s IQ In Early Infancy
Created by Mala Kapoor Updated on May 09, 2018
Did you know that your child’s brain development begins at conception? This is because fulfilling your child’s requirement of nutrition for brain development is heavily dependent on the nutrition provided by you. If you make sure that you are eating a diet rich in nutrition, it will add to your child’s brain development.
Other than nutrition, factors such as genetics and environment (stimulation) affect your child’s brain growth and development. While the genetics cannot be altered, you can definitely provide the requisite nutrition and stimulation for your child’s brain development. Although brain development is a lifelong process, most of the growth and development takes place early on, in the first two years of your baby’s life.
Nutrition: an important part of your child’s brain development:
Right nutrition during pregnancy leads to improved health of your baby at birth. In fact, 90% of your child’s brain development will happen by the age of 2 years.
DHA is an important nutrient that helps the development of brain cells and brain connections. However, your baby’s DHA is prone to oxidation, or in other words, it can get damaged and hence needs protection. Natural Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant that prevents DHA from any oxidative damage and keeps it intact. This intact DHA or protected DHA helps in your child’s brain development. All of this nutrition helps develop your baby’s cognition, thereby creating a fertile ground for better IQ. So, giving the appropriate nutrition means feeding IQ to your baby!
What do we mean by Feed IQ?
Feed IQ literally means that ‘you’ feed ‘IQ’ to your baby through breastfeeding and stimulation i.e. infant brain exercises!
Nutrition for brain development for your infant is of great importance. Find out about the benefits of Vitamin Eyou’re your infant.
Natural Vitamin E protects DHA from oxidation:
DHA is a building block that is important in enhancing brain development but it is also vulnerable to oxidative damage. Natural Vitamin E acts as a sentry guard protecting DHA from being oxidized with Lutein.
- Natural Vitamin E is potent:
The synthetic Vitamin E found in dietary supplements and foods that are fortified, is only half as potent and active as Natural Vitamin E.
- Natural Vitamin E in your baby’s brain:
Research has shown that Natural Vitamin E accumulates in parts of the brain associated with visual memory and language development.
The nutritional requirements of a baby are fully dependant on a mother in the early stages of life. However, did you know that stimulation or infant brain exercises also play a vital role in shaping your baby’s cognitive development? Let us understand how stimulation or infant brain exercises actually help your child’s brain development.
Role of brain exercise: an important part of your child’s brain development:
It is vital to know that the amount of cumulative vocabulary by 2 years of age is enormously predictive of later brain development or your child’s IQ. Hence, it is important that you talk to your child from an early age to build his/her vocabulary and engage with him/her in a meaningful manner.
Foetuses hear voices antenatally. Research has shown that a baby can identify his/her mother’s voice but it can’t differentiate between the father’s and a stranger’s voice.
Parents need to know that early life build up of social and cognitive skills comes with the advantage of time, which means in time these children will be more likely to be better at communicating. For example, at home you can reward your child for giving appropriate responses and even during an assessment, make sure to give him/her time to perform tasks. Let your child do so at a pace comfortable to him/her.
Regardless of chronological age, the development clock begins at 40 weeks. Make sure you chose simpler activities, keeping in mind your infant’s capacity, before increasing the complexity of an activity.
So, mommies, if you are expecting, make sure your nutrition consumption is balanced and healthy for the welfare of you and your little one.
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