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Importance of Vision for Healthy Development in Children

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Importance of Vision for Healthy Development in Children

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A big part of your child’s brain is devoted to visual processing and is the vehicle which your child will use for enrichment and learning of their surroundings. Among their other senses for taste, touch and smell, vision trumps importance in your child’s day-to day-life for healthy development. This is why it is important to recognize the signs when your child is having vision problems and the steps you can take to provide treatment. Steps will range from eye doctor appointments to knowing which nutrients they need the most for eye and brain development.1

 

Which Healthy Eye Development is important for Growth and the Brain

Your child’s eyes are their window to the world. They are the ultimate tools on deciding the “what” and the “who”. Or in other words, the early years are when most of the key developmental milestones happen for the eye and brain connection and is when children develop basic understanding of the social world. It is from that point on, with experience, your child will mature (cognitive development) and recognize the intentions and goals of others. With this, if vision problems that could potentially show up are not corrected, the child could have cognitive and social interaction issues.1, 3

 

Four Signs Your Child is having Vision Problems

Sometimes eye issues do not have any visible signs from a parent’s visual perspective, they are encouraged to have regular eye exams for their children for even minor conditions. Here are four signs to look out for to see if your child is having vision issues.1, 2

 

  1. Having to turn or tilt their head to look at something
  2. Frequently squints, blinks, or look out from one eye for a clearer vision
  3. Poor hand-eye coordination
  4. Frequently bumps into or drops things (eg. Astigmatism, depth perception issues)

 

How Nutrition can help Power Both

The first important nutrient for the eyes is Lutein. Related to Vitamin A, it is considered an “eye vitamin” that is responsible for protecting eye tissue from sunlight damage. For the brain, lutein helps support visual processing and memory. So, if a child eats enough egg yolks, leafy dark greens, corn, and grapes, to name a few, both the brain and eye cells will be supported.4, 5 Another key nutrient is DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid that helps prevent oxidative damage to increase resilience of cells in the eyes and brain. When in sufficient levels (eg. fatty fish for high quality DHA) in the body, it helps enhance mental performances.4, 7 The third nutrient HMO (Oligosaccharides), which mainly stimulates the good gut bacteria to boost the immune system, also supports the brain. HMOs are a good source of sialic acid, which is essential for optimal brain function.6, 7

 

Seeing is believing and the brain is key to understanding all of it. Because of this importance, supporting your child’s vision health is a means for a healthier development in their younger years. To help a child eat, offer both your child’s favorites with new items while encouraging them to try it without force. When food alone is not enough, an alternative growing up milk option Similac Gain IQ  can help.7 It has an exclusive nutrition system with Lutein, DHA & RRR Natural Vitamin E to help support brain & eye development.8,9 With an addition of 2’‐FL HMO (Fucosyllactose & Oligosaccharides) & Nucleotides, it is the extra layer to help support immunity of your child. With this, your child can both enjoy learning and thrive.10,8

 

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References:

  1. https://www.child-encyclopedia.com/brain/according-experts/visual-perception-and-early-brain-development
  2. https://www.first5la.org/article/good-beginnings-6-eyebrain-connections-during-first-5-years-are-critical-to-development-of-vision/
  3. http://www.urbanchildinstitute.org/articles/research-to-policy/overviews/seeing-the-importance-of-vision-development
  4. https://www.healthysights.com/en/s-teens/eye-brain-connection.html
  5. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-754/lutein#:~:text=Lutein%20is%20a%20type%20of,eye%20(macula%20and%20retina).
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6629589/
  7. https://similacmyanmar.com/available-products/#gainIQ
  8. Auestad,Halter et al.2001,
  9. Auestad,Scott et al.2003
  10. Buck R et al. 2004, Schaller et al 2004,

Common Illnesses Every Parents Should Know

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Common Illness Every Parents Should Know

Common Childhood Illnesses tcm150 117798 1A child’s immunity is still sensitive and prone to infections in their younger years. Furthermore, they are exposed to other children’s illnesses at daycares, schools, and their friend’s house. It is quite stressful for a parent not knowing what kind of illness has befallen their child. The most common type of infections children gets have to do with the skin, airways, and digestive system. Read on to learn care and prevention, which includes nutrition recommendations like a fiber and vitamin rich diet or formula (e.g. Similac Total Comfort) for feeding intolerances due to the illness itself to support.1, 6

Allergies or Allergic Rhinitis

If your child’s eye area is red, combined with a runny congested nose that lasts for more than a few days, they may have allergic rhinitis.3 These types of allergies are often caused by the weather and the environment and if it persists, it can give a child poor sleep quality. It also affects appetite due to taste and smell being lost from inflammation and excess mucus in the nasal.1

Prevention and Treatment: Avoid triggers like strong smells, flowers, and clear the house of dust regularly. It is best to visit a doctor if the symptoms do not go away and are affecting a child’s daily enjoyment. Provide them with citrus fruits and vegetables, and fatty fish rich in vitamin C, D, and omega fatty acids that boost immune cell function and reduce inflammation.3, 5

Chicken Pox

It may start with a fever and fatigue and take about 10 to 21 days for spots to show up.2 In a usually healthy child, the symptoms may be milder, but still cause distress. This is why it is very contagious and your child most likely could have been infected by their peers. It spreads from chicken pox flakes and bodily fluids from the infected child.3

Prevention and Treatment: Avoid crowds and inform the school of the infections so that they can take necessary measures to control the spread. See a doctor right away if the eye area looks rash the child is vomiting, or is complaining about headaches. Provide your child with plenty of water to drink and a diet of wholegrains, beans, fresh fruit, and vegetables for vitamins and minerals to boost the immune system. As a treat to temporarily alleviate mouth sores, sugar free popsicles are an option.2, 3

Constipation

Though the frequency is not really a definite indicator of constipation, the ease of the movement and stool consistency is. The easy way to tell is when they are more irritable when a bowel movement is near or the abdomen area is hard when they complain about a tummy ache. Causes can range from changes in diet, holding bowel movements too often, emotional distress, or medication for other illnesses. Before giving your child remedies, consult a medical professional.3, 4

Prevention and Treatment

Keep a check on their emotional status and talk to them without judgement as stress is one of the causes of constipation. Encourage physical activity as it is a stress reliever and increases blood flow. Increase fiber intake as fiber bulks stool and absorbs water to soften for easier passing. A high fiber diet also needs plenty of water so do not forget to keep your child well hydrated. Prebiotic fibers in food help maintain a healthy gut by feeding the good bacteria (probiotics) to keep bad ones at bay, thus improving immune system ability.4, 5

During sensitive tummy and skin illnesses, you may find it difficult to feed even the tastiest anti-inflammatory foods like vitamin C rich oranges, nutritious almonds for magnesium, salmon for vitamin D, or fortified yogurt for probiotics due to mouth soreness.2, 5 For this, sometimes a child needs the support of nutritional supplements. For example, the unique blend of no palm oil easy to digest proteins, probiotics (2`-FL), and lactose free formula of Similac Total Comfort is designed with an exclusive IMMUNIFY immune support system to provide relief to sensitive tummies where it is needed. Also enriched with vitamin A, B6, C, D, and iron to further bolster and fill what is missing from food. Always consult an appropriate Medical Professional before making any dietary changes for your child.

Visit Similac Myanmar for more information and signing up for samples.1, 6

References:

  1. https://abbottfamily.com.sg/articles/toddler/common-illness
  2. https://www.novapharmacy.com.au/all-health-topics/other/chickenpox/
  3. https://www.healthhub.sg/a-z/diseases-and-conditions/640/top-10-common-childhood-conditions-ehb
  4. https://www.healthhub.sg/a-z/diseases-and-conditions/697/common-childhood-conditions-constipation
  5. https://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/foods-fight-allergies
  6. https://abbottfamily.com.sg/products/page/similac-total-comfort-3