Supplements for babies, which ones are really useful

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Contents

  • 1 Supplements for newborns and type of breastfeeding
  • 2 Supplements for newborns and vitamin D
  • 3 Supplements for newborns and vitamin K
  • 4 Other supplements for babies: iron, fluoride and DHA
  • 5 Supplements for newborns: probiotics
  • 6 Supplements to newborns: how to administer them
  • 7 We recommend: CrescoD
  • 8 Where to buy CrescoD
  • 9 Formulation of CrescoD
  • 10 In what quantity to take CrescoD
  • 11 We recommend: CrescoFlor
  • 12 Where to buy CrescoFlor
  • 13 Formulation of CrescoFlor
  • 14 In what quantity to take CrescoFlor
  • 15 Let's talk about Crescofarma

How many doubts we mothers have about how to behave with our babies! Especially when you are at the first experience, raise your hand those of us who would not pay for an "instruction booklet" on what to do and what to avoid. Instead, we often have to make do, looking for advice here and there. For example, some doubts could arise about the administration of supplements and vitamins to our little ones. Should they be given or not? Obviously the first to ask for an opinion is the trusted pediatrician, the only one who knows our baby from birth and in all its aspects. He will give you the best suggestions, but we also want to do our part to clarify your ideas a little.



Supplements for newborns and type of breastfeeding

Let's start with an important concept: it is not always necessary to give supplements and vitamins to our children. We will see shortly that some are really important, others are controversial, while still others should only be prescribed if there is an actual deficiency, usually diagnosed when they are a little older and there are clear signs that something is missing.


With newborns, a lot depends on the type of diet followed. If you have chosen formula feeding, just take a quick look at the label to understand that you don't need to add anything. The composition of the so-called formula milk is really complete with everything. It is not "just" milk, but it is a substantial food that contains everything necessary to make the baby grow in a harmonious way.


We know that breast milk is the "top" for newborns at least in their first 6 months of life. It is very good for him, but also for the mother who, among other things, is protected from the risk of certain diseases. It is always ready and available, is easily digestible and has many nutrients. Some, however, may not be enough for the needs of both (let's think of iron) and, in some cases, they must be integrated.

A separate discussion is made for older children. If their diets are varied and include all foods, you probably won't need to take any supplements, but this will clearly be decided by your pediatrician based on your baby's general health.

Supplements for newborns and vitamin D

Vitamin D is certainly a supplement that the doctor will propose to you starting from the first-second month of the baby. It is a true concentrate of health and well-being, essential - just to mention just one of its advantages - for the development and strengthening of bones. We adults should also take it regularly as it would be really good for us.

The sun allows you to synthesize vitamin D, in practice it makes it available to the body. The problem is that you should be exposed directly to ultraviolet rays during peak hours, when sunbathing is not recommended. Imagine doing it with a baby of a few months! Unthinkable! This is why it is vital that the newborn takes supplements, particularly if breastfed. Breast milk does not contain large amounts of vitamin D, unlike formula.


Other benefits of vitamin D include protection from rickets (a disease that affects bone development) and some autoimmune diseases. Furthermore, it promotes the immune response against viruses and bacteria and is useful for cardiovascular and oncological prevention.


Experts recommend giving vitamin D to babies up to one year of age. However, there are not a few pediatricians who continue after this period. If the dosage is correct, there is no contraindication to going beyond 12 months.

Supplements for newborns and vitamin K.

Another vitamin that is often given, sometimes directly along with D, is K. It plays an important role in blood clotting and serves to prevent two bleeding diseases, one that could occur at birth and the other within the third. month of life. In addition, it contributes to bone health: Vitamin K deficiency can cause them to weaken with consequent osteoporosis and an increased risk of fractures.

In the first months of life, newborns can have a deficiency of vitamin K and the reasons are different: low content in breast milk, poor transfer during pregnancy, reduced synthesis by the intestinal flora of the newborn in the first days of life. From these considerations we understand why vitamin K is given to all babies immediately after delivery by intramuscular administration. The continuation over time is then at the discretion of the pediatrician. The el paesena society of neonatology recommends giving it for the first three months of the baby.

Other supplements for babies: iron, fluoride and DHA

There are many other food supplements on the market, the administration of which to newborns is the subject of much debate because the positions of the experts are not always in agreement. Let's talk about iron, for example. Its absence in the first year of life can have negative repercussions on development and behavior. Newborn babies are lucky because their mothers also thought about supplies for them during their pregnancy. The mother's milk then contains good quantities and the artificial one is added. In short, it is quite unlikely that, in the first months, there is a lack of this important substance.



Another chapter is about fluoride. The general line is that, in the first 6 months, supplementation is not necessary and even after that, not everyone agrees. There are those who think that fluoride intake should start as early as the first month of life. The nursing mother may therefore be advised to take fluoride by mouth in order to "pass" it to the newborn through the milk. For other schools of thought, however, it would not be necessary at least until the teeth erupt. Then pay attention to the surplus of fluoride: an excessive amount could be harmful, causing fluorosis with whitish streaks on the teeth.

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is a polyunsaturated fatty acid from the Omega 3 series. It is therefore part of that host of health allies. Its intake is very important in both pregnancy and breastfeeding because it allows its properties to be transferred to the baby. DHA is in fact able to favor his nervous system and the development of the retina and visual abilities. Furthermore, its high concentration in the brain serves to improve memory and learning ability. DHA is found in breast milk, so it is the mother who takes it to “give it away” to her newborn. Formula milk can be added with DHA, but you should read the label to be sure. To learn more, we recommend reading DHA in pregnancy and breastfeeding: what it is and what it is for.

Supplements for newborns: probiotics

In recent years, more and more often we hear about probiotics, which you probably call, in a more informal way, lactic ferments. Do you know what it is? They are live microorganisms that colonize our intestine. They are "good" and help us defend ourselves from external aggressions because they strengthen the immune system. The term derives from "pro" (in favor) and "bios" (life). It is therefore evident that the more there are, the better.

In infants and children, the microbiota (ie the set of bacteria present in the intestine) is not yet fully developed. This is one of the reasons babies are more prone to infections or ailments. Taking probiotics has been shown to be very effective in preventing some of these, for example some allergies, gas colic, digestive difficulties, atopic dermatitis. There are many studies that have already ascertained the positive effects of these products on children.

Even if they are harmless and indeed do very well, do not take independent initiatives: always avoid deciding for yourself what to give to your children. Talk to your pediatrician: he will give you the right advice for your little one.

Supplements to infants: how to administer them

The best formulation for administering supplements to infants and children are definitely drops. Practical and easily manageable, they generally also taste good to be accepted willingly by even the most… demanding palates.

We recommend: CrescoD

We have chosen for you mothers an indispensable product for the well-being of your child, CrescoD from the Tuscan company Crescofarma. CrescoD is a supplement based on vitamin D3 and docosahexaenoic acid which, as we have seen, have important properties for health. By carrying out a synergistic activity, they guarantee optimal cognitive development of the child, making him grow strong and healthy.

The two active ingredients contribute to the normal absorption and use of calcium and phosphorus for the correct musculoskeletal metabolism. The joint action of these components also strengthens the immune system of children, preventing a series of small but annoying growth disorders, such as the classic seasonal ailments.

Where to buy CrescoD

CrescoD is sold in all pharmacies in the country. If it is not available, the pharmacist can order it from the wholesaler. For more information on CrescoD and the Crescofarma line of supplements, you can visit the website www.crescofarma.com.

Formulation of CrescoD

The supplement is available in drops in packs of 15 ml. CrescoD is gluten-free, so it can be safely taken by those with an intolerance.

In what quantity to take CrescoD

The recommended amount of Vitamin D3 is 0,5ml per day. The requirement, however, varies according to the period in which you are:

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding woman: 600 IU (International Units).
  • Infant from 0 to 12 months: 400 IU.
  • Child with a vitamin deficiency: 400 IU.

It is obviously advisable not to exceed the recommended daily doses.

We recommend: CrescoFlor

Our selection today includes a second product, again from the same company. It is called CrescoFlor and is a food supplement with two essential components: a probiotic and a protein, respectively Lactobacillus Rhamnosus SP1 and lactoferrin. As with CrescoD, both of these elements work together to ensure the best growth for our children thanks to an enhanced immune system.

Why choose CrescoFlor? We give you 4 excellent reasons:

  • It favors the rebalancing of the intestinal bacterial flora in the presence of imbalance factors.
  • It strengthens the intestinal immune system by preventing the formation of meteorism.
  • It assists in the treatment of constipation caused by impaired intestinal function.
  • It is indicated in the treatment of gas colic in the newborn, caused by the immaturity of the intestinal microflora.

If you are a mom already struggling with colic, we are sure that the fourth reason we have given you will convince you to try this product on the fly! Lactoferrin is important for the growth of the intestinal flora and protects against gastrointestinal problems, including colic and gastroenteritis, two ailments that can give new parents a lot of trouble.

Where to buy CrescoFlor

You can find CrescoFlor in all pharmacies throughout the country. If it is not available, your pharmacist will order it for you from the wholesaler. For all information on CrescoFlor and the Crescofarma line of supplements you can visit the website www.crescofarma.com.

CrescoFlor formulation

CrescoFlor is available in drops and is sold in a 4,23 ml pack. This supplement is also gluten free.

In what quantity to take CrescoFlor

The recommended dose is 10 drops per day.

Let's talk about Crescofarma

Crescofarma is a pharmaceutical company specializing in products for the pediatric age. Quality and scientific research are the two pillars of this entrepreneurial reality made in the country. Crescofarma's commitment focuses on a single and important goal: to provide doctors and pharmacists with high-level food supplements and medical devices to ensure an excellent life for those who use them on a daily basis.

Crescofarma's offer embraces a wide range of products (food supplements, but not only), designed to solve specific problems. They range from those to fortify and stimulate the immune system to vials and sprays to clear the nose of children, from rehydrating solutions (for example in case of diarrhea and vomiting) to cough syrup, from antiemetics (useful for example against car sickness) with fluoride. And in this pandemic period there are also surgical masks for adults and children. Hypoallergenic, breathable and antibacterial, they are available in three colors and two sizes.

Crescofarma's mission? It's all enclosed here:

“We believe that Nature and Science together can improve people's lives. For us, the future means guaranteeing a better tomorrow ”.

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