I’m a big believer in sharing information and so I’ve decided to share what I’ve learned in each lesson in a Early Childhood Development 101 Series. Some of you may know about it already, and some of you might find the new information quite helpful…I know in my first lesson I remember thinking ‘Ahh, so that’s the reason why ‘X’ is so important.’
The Importance of Proper Nutrition in Brain Development
Proper nutrition for brain development starts with the mother during pregnancy. What a mother eats and drinks during pregnancy not only impacts on the size of the baby when born, but the size of the baby’s brain.
In addition to the importance of Iron, children up to the age of 2 require a diet high in fat for the Myelination process which occurs in the brain. Myelination occurs rapidly in children of this age where the axons or long ‘wires’ in a brain are covered in a fatty like substance which insulates the axons, helps to transmit signals more effectively and stops cross transmission, hence the importance of breast milk, formula and after one year old, foods such as whole cow’s milk.
Stay tuned for my next Early Childhood Development 101 post on Language Skills.