Food and Nutrition

Vitamin C: Everything you need to know

 Huda Shaikh
1 to 3 years

Created by Huda Shaikh
Updated on Oct 10, 2017

Vitamin C Everything you need to know

Do you remember your mother telling you that a glass of orange juice a day will keep the cold at bay? Vitamins and minerals are essential for keeping your child healthy at any age. Here, we give you an insight into why Vitamin C plays a huge role in your child’s healthy development, and what the signs of Vitamin C deficiency are.

Fun Fact: Did you know that there’s a day dedicated to this essential vitamin? Yes, you heard that right! April 4th of every year is celebrated as Vitamin C Day.

What Is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic, is a water soluble vitamin is present in various colorful fruits and vegetables, and is also available in the form of a dietary supplement. Vitamin C cannot be synthesized in the body. Hence, it needs to be consumed either as food or as a dietary supplement. It is not stored in the body for long and needs to be replenished on a regular basis, failing which your child can have a Vitamin C deficiency.

Why Does My Child Need Vitamin C?

Here are some important reasons why Vitamin C needs to be an essential part of your child’s diet-

  1. Antioxidant effects: Vitamin C protects the cells from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals can be produced in the body due to normal bodily processes or due to exposure to smoke, ultraviolet radiations or even air pollution
  2. Immunity Booster:It can help in strengthening the immune system. It is known to ward off colds and coughs, and fight infections
  3. Building and healing: Vitamin C is required for the formation of collagen, muscles and cartilage, so it can promote healing of wounds and help keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy
  4. Iron absorption:Vitamin C is necessary for the absorption of iron in the body, which makes it super-essential for your little one

How Much Vitamin C Does My Child Require?

The Recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of Vitamin C is as follows:

  1. 0-6 months: 40mg
  2. 7-12months: 50mg
  3. 1-3years: 15mg
  4. 4-8years: 25mg

What Are Some Important Sources Of Vitamin C?

Include several colorful vegetables and fruits in your child’s meals to make sure that he gets enough Vitamin C. Here are some rich sources of Vitamin C:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit, lemon and lime)
  3. Kiwi
  4. Guava
  5. Bell peppers
  6. Tomato
  7. Green leafy veggies
  8. Broccoli
  9. Watermelon and Musk melon
  10. Gooseberry
  11. Cauliflower
  12. Blackcurrant
  13. Cherry
  14. Papaya

What Are The Effects Of Vitamin C Deficiency?

Here are some of the most commonly observed effects of vitamin C deficiency:

  1. Scurvy: If Vitamin C levels in your child’s body are low there are chances that the collagen formation might slow, and lead to tissue breakdown. This would ultimately culminate into scurvy, which is mainly characterized by bleeding gums and wounds which do not heal easily
  2. Colds and skin issues: If not treated for very long, it can lead to frequent cold and coughs, fever spells and convulsions. It can even lead to skin ailments and scanty hair

What Signs Of Vitamin C Deficiency Should I Watch Out For?

A common concern among parents is how they can tell if their child has a vitamin deficiency. Here are some warming signs of a Vitamin C deficiency:

  1. Your child gets tired easily and complains of body aches frequently
  2. She gets bruised easily, and you might even observe reddish, bluish bruise marks on her body
  3. Your child might suffer from poor immunity, so you might see him falling ill very frequently
  4. Your child might start losing weight
  5. You might observe bleeding or swollen gums
  6. Dry and flaky skin which cuts easily and bleeds quickly
  7. Bleeding nose
  8. Hair loss and split ends

So squeeze those oranges, bring out those strawberries and make a healthy breakfast or snack for your little one. A little, everyday can go a long way in helping your child’s immune system work well, and aid his overall development. Every day can be Vitamin C Day!

Did you find our blog on Vitamin C useful? Share your views and feedback with us in the comments section!

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| Oct 11, 2017

Vitamin C is essential to protect cold and is also an Immunity boosting vitamin. many Thanks Huda Shaikh for sharing the benefits of having Vitamin C rich fruits , vegetables and also discussing what it's nutritional deficiency leads to .

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| Oct 11, 2017

thanks for sharing this good information...

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| Oct 11, 2017

7mnl m

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| Oct 11, 2017

thanks for ur information

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| Oct 10, 2017

Thanks for sharing the detailed information.

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| Jul 13, 2017

Here's a look at some of the vitamin and iodine deficiencies in children and ways how parents can deal with it. https://www.parentcircle.com/article/vitamin-and-lodine-deficiencies-in-children/

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| Jul 10, 2017

till six months exclusive breastfeed. they will get everything from your milk.

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| Jun 06, 2017

7

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| May 22, 2017

vry useful..

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| May 16, 2017

thnx for this information....

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| May 11, 2017

Till 6months u should exclusively give mother milk or formula

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| May 10, 2017

how do we measure 15mg in food that we consume. if child eats half bowl vegetables cooked in tomato puree twice is it sufficient.

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| May 09, 2017

good and valuable information , can I u give the information about which fruit how much vitamin c

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| May 09, 2017

hi my daughter was 15days old her weight was low at birth 2. 250kg only how can I increase her weight and how can I give vitamin c.

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| May 09, 2017

Can i give orange juice to my 3month old child?

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| Apr 05, 2017

by giving him fruit juices &vegetable salad

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| Apr 04, 2017

how to gv vitamin c to 4month child

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| Apr 04, 2017

nice one.. thanks for sharing

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