How To Feed Babies With Fish Oil
Fish Oil is a very important nutrition for babies and mothers should start to provide fish oil to babies from the third week after the baby is born and gradually increase the amount during the growing process. The common dose is about a drop for each day. If the baby doesn’t have issues such as diarrhea, the dose can be increased to 2 drops a day.
In case of premature fetus or babies suffering from digestive tract diseases, The first day to add fish oil should be 2 weeks after birth and the recommended dose is no more than 5 to 7 drops every day. In the meantime, babies should take a proper amount of calcium for no more than 0.5 grams per day along with the fish oil. In summer, babies will have more outdoor activities and the sunshine will be stronger compared with winter days. The dose of fish liver oil can reduce in hot summer days.
The amount of fish oil for babies should not be the same all the time. When the baby is about six months old, they should do some checkups in the hospital to decide the dose. Doctor will adjust the nutritional supplements according to several factors including the children’s clinical symptoms, health condition, sleep status, growth and development. Doctors will make comprehensive analysis on these factors and inform parents of the adjustments of doses of nutritional supplements.
If the baby is exclusively using breastfed, it is recommended to add one drop of fish oil per day to baby’s daily diet. And if the baby is using mixed feeding or pure milk powder, since most of the formula will add vitamin D and vitamin A into their recipe, so the amount of fish oil added into baby’s diet should be reduced accordingly.
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