Infant Brain Development

  • Eat healthy during pregnancy.  Research demonstrates that malnourished fetuses suffer lasting behavioral and cognitive deficits, lower IQ, and/or poorer school performance due to inadequate brain growth.
  • Taking Vitamin B and Folic Acid (400 micrograms) can prevent 60% of Neural Tube Defects (NTD’s).  Folic Acid should be taken before conception and throughout pregnancy.  (Prenatal vitamins contain folic acid.)
  • Breastfeed if you are able or use iron-fortified formula.
  • The brain develops rapidly from 0-5.  Provide a safe and loving environment with age appropriate activities.
  • Talk, read and sing! (Read rhyming books.)

 

 

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