Posted by: icmadoptionnetwork | March 11, 2013

Common Nutrient Deficiencies

Many adopted children or children entering the foster system struggle with nutrient deficiencies. The following is information on the most common deficiencies for children around the world and some useful information for each:

Type: Vitamin A Deficiency

Symptoms: Vision difficulties, decreased immunity, dry eyes, skin, and hair

Kid-Friendly Food Sources: Eggs, milk, butter, tuna, dark green, orange, and yellow fruits and veggies


Type: Iron Deficiency

Symptoms: Fatigue, pale skin, weakness, and difficulty thinking

Kid-Friendly Food Sources: Fortified cereals, soybeans, raisins, pumpkin and sesame seeds, beef, and spinach


Type: Vitamin D Deficiency

Symptoms: Skeletal deformity, poor growth, and dental problems

Kid-Friendly Food Sources: Egg yolks, milk, salmon, cod, shrimp, and fortified cereals


Type: Failure to Thrive

Symptoms: Decrease in percentile of weight, height, and head circumference, poor weight gain

Kid-Friendly Food Sources: Calorie-dense foods, such as whole fat yogurt, avocados, nut butters, coconut milk




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