Learn what DHA really is and why it is important during the toddler years when the brain grows to 85% of its full size.
Chances are you’ve heard about DHA. But beyond knowing it’s something that’s good for you and your children, you may not know much more. It’s not always easy to get the real facts. Here’s a quick introduction to this important nutrient and a few reasons why it’s important during toddlerhood.
DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid and it’s a key building block of the brain and eyes. The name DHA is scientific shorthand for docosahexaenoic acid.
Why is DHA important?
DHA is important for the healthy structure and function of the brain. As a baby develops, it supports not only brain development, but the eyes and nervous system, too. And there’s even more good news. Studies in infants have shown DHA helps support respiratory health and contributes to the development of a healthy immune system.
Good for babies and for toddlers.
Clinical studies show that DHA helps support cognitive abilities, visual acuity and overall brain development in babies. Because DHA is beneficial both in utero and after a baby is born, this nutrient is found in prenatal supplements and infant formulas. Once a baby outgrows formula, DHA continues to be important during the first three years of life when a child’s brain grows to 85% of its complete size.
Your toddler’s brain will never grow this fast again.
When deciding whether to increase your child’s intake of DHA, it’s good to remember that on average, toddlers only get about 25% of the expert-recommended amount of DHA* in their daily diets. Helping fill the gap is as easy as adding Enfagrow® Toddler Transitions™ or Enfagrow® Toddler Next Step™ to your toddler’s menu.
*Experts recommend 70-100 mg/day. Enfagrow Toddler Transitions has 17 mg/100 Cal, Toddler Next Step has 17 mg/7 fl. oz and Next Step RTD has 10 mg/8.25 fl. oz.