How much DHA should I give my child? What are the DHA recommendations for infants? Should I be giving my baby DHA supplements?
These are common questions we get at Ddrops Company, and there are a variety of informed opinions on the topic.
DHA has long been identified as a key component for good health, and is specifically recognized for its importance in supporting healthy brain and visual development in infants and children.* During the first few years of life and in adolescences a child’s brain and cognitive function undergoes significant growth and development. Adequate DHA intake helps support healthy brain and eye development during these critical stages.*
What do the experts say?
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations recommends that infants should be given a dose of 0.1-0.18% of energy from birth to six months of age and 10-12 mg per kilogram of body weight from six months to age one.
The World Association of Perinatal Medicine recommends that non-breastfeeding infants receive 0.2-0.5% of the infant’s total fat weight.
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly known as the Institute of Medicine, states that children up to the age of 12 may benefit from consuming seafood, especially those with relatively higher concentrations of EPA and DHA. NAM advises that age-appropriate servings should be consumed, but that large predatory fish such as tuna should be avoided.
Please remember your healthcare professional is the best person to speak to regarding your specific needs around DHA supplementation.