Is an essential trace mineral necessary for the proper functioning of multiple aspects of metabolism.
Is needed for all growth and development in the human body. It is involved in over 300 enzyme systems in the body, which is why it is needed for so many critical functions.
Plays a critical role in many biochemical pathways and physiological processes in the body including cell growth, cell differentiation and metabolism and reproduction. It also calms down inflammation.
Zinc’s function in growth and brain development makes this nutrient essential during childhood.
HOW MUCH ZINC DOES YOUR CHILD NEED?
Kids have a higher demand for zinc compared to adults. They churn through a lot of zinc, particularly during growth spurts.
Zinc supplementation should be considered as a routine strategy to improve and reduce stunting in school-aged children in endemic area of zinc deficiency.
Boys need more zinc than girls because zinc is necessary for their reproductive function.
Adequate zinc for kids is obtained from dietary sources, but supplementing zinc can be helpful when correcting a deficiency or as needed for support, because not every kid is an adventurous eater and, as parent, you know that many zinc-rich foods aren’t exactly staples on the average kid's menu. Depending on their nutritional status and other health factors, a child may need more or less zinc supplement intake.
Kids ages 9-13 years need 8 mg/day
Boys ages 14 and older need 11 mg/day
Girls ages 14 and older need 8 mg/day
SIGNS OF DEFICIENCY…
Unfortunately, zinc deficiency is all too common in kids these days. This can contribute to a variety of health conditions and symptoms.
Zinc deficiency in children is responsible for an increased risk of limited growth, loss of appetite, learning disabilities, Poor attention span, delayed cognitive development, fussy eating, developing diarrheal diseases and acute lower respiratory tract infections.
In severe cases, zinc deficiency can result in hair loss, diarrhea, delayed sexual maturation, impotence, hypogonadism in males, and eye and skin lesions.