A diet rich in vitamins and minerals will help your little one’s development and support a healthy immune system.

Vitamins

Vitamin A – for growth and immune system function. Found in milk, cheese, egg yolk.

The B Vitamins – for immune system function, and assisting the body in releasing energy from food. Found in lean meats, poultry, dairy, wholemeal and wholegrains.

Vitamin C – for healthy skin, bones and gums. Also increases iron absorption. Found in broccoli, cauliflower and citrus fruit.

Vitamin D – helps with calcium absorption for strong bones and teeth. Found in oily fish and eggs.

Vitamin E – protects the cells in the body from damage and disease. Found in nut oils, sweet potatoes.

Vitamin K – for blood clotting. Found in green leafy veg such as spinach and broccoli.

Minerals

Iron – for healthy blood and brain development. Also important in transporting oxygen around the body. Found in lean meats, poultry, legumes, eggs and dark green leafy veg.

Calcium – for growth and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. Found in dairy products, leafy green veg, fortified bread.

Selenium – has antioxidant properties that protect the body’s cells from damage. Found in fish, lean meat, poultry, dairy products.

Zinc – for growth and immune function. Found in lean meat, chicken, milk and cheese

The Department of Health recommends that children should be given supplements particularly providing vitamins A, C and D in the form of drops from 6 months to 5 years, particularly if a child does not eat a varied diet.