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Remember the times when 70-80% marks were considered good enough for a pat on the back and a treat? When I was in school, a student scoring above 70% was practically living up to everything that was expected of him or her.

Times have changed though. Today, there is so much more competition. Children are expected to do and know so much more than we ever did when we were their age. They have so many choices laid out in front of them and so many opportunities. Is their nutrition also accommodating these many needs?

The fierce competition leaves parents worried to groom their child in the best way possible. They do not want to leave anything to chance when it comes to the success and future of their children.

As I am also bit by the competitive bug, I often look for ways to boost my child’s IQ as well as EQ. I came across quite a few activities that help boost cognitive and developmental skills in children. For example, I got to know how activities such as reading and playing with clay can play an important role later in life. The more children are able to use their senses and mental skills, the better they are able to interact with the world around them and grasp concepts later in life. Thus, I have also tried to keep my child active with such activities.

I also got to know about the role of nutrition for optimal development. As my child spends so much time in classes and activities that use up a lot of brainpower, I want to make sure he gets all the nutrition he needs. Some ‘brain foods’ go a long way in helping mental faculties sharp and retaining focus, even for adults. Nutrition from eggs, fish, nuts and whole grains goes a long way in aiding brain development in children and slowing cognitive in adults.

Several nutrients contribute to a child’s brain in different ways. Among them, DHA is probably the most important.

Here’s what I learned:

DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid, a structural component of human brain, skin and retina. It is one of the most important nutrients for brain development and cognitive function. In a medical study, children suffering from learning and memory disorders showed significant improvements in their learning and memorization after they were given sufficient amount of DHA

Food sources with high DHA content include eggs, fish and other seafood. For vegetarian families, adding DHA in the child’s daily diet may prove a bit tricky. Also, the picky nature of children when it comes to eating as well as food allergies can make it difficult to fulfil DHA needs for development.

We are a vegetarian family, which means no eggs and fish for my child. Understanding how important DHA is, I found a way to incorporate the nutrient in his daily diet. I searched for alternatives and found Enfagrow A+. It is a DHA-fortified nutritional powder available in vanilla and chocolate flavours in cans of 400gm, 700gm, and 800gm.

I give my son the chocolate flavoured nutritional powder thrice a day and surprisingly he is drinking the wonder drink without any fuss. It is easily available online as well as in stores.

Apart from DHA, Enfagrow A+ has 26 nutrients to support growth and development such as iron, calcium and vitamins C and D. Iron is needed to make haemoglobin. Without iron, the body can’t make enough red blood cells and tissues. Calcium supports growing teeth and strong bones. Vitamin C is needed for the growth and repair of tissues. Vitamin D absorbs calcium and promotes bone growth. It also has carbohydrates, proteins and fats to provide energy to my super-active child.

Here’s how to prepare a daily dose of Enfagrow A+:

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  1. For a single serve, add 3 scoops of the powder to boiled water or milk.
  2. Stir properly.
  3. Provide 3 servings per-day and use the scoop in the can to measure.

Apart from a daily dose of Enfagrow A+, there’s a lot your child needs for healthy physical and mental development. Let’s take a look at some ways you can do that.

  • Show affection.
  • Encourage your child to do things on their own to make them confident.
  • Appreciate your children for their achievements.
  • Set timetables for your child to make them aware of the value of time.
  • Talk to your children and understand how they feel.
  • Make your child play with other kids of the same age.
  • Be a smart mommy and give your child Enfagrow A+ daily. #EnfagrowIndia #RightStart #HappyEnfaMothers

To grab a jar of Enfagrow A+ click here!

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