DHA – The Building Block of Learning

Toddlers learn best with hands on activity and interactive play. Teaching skills to toddlers is an important step to managing their behavior. Children can learn through hands on modeling and shapes. Some good examples are:

  1. Making an alphabet train on the wall
  2. Experimenting with colours by painting with cotton balls and clothespins
  3. Make shapes using toddler’s favourite food such as pancakes and bread.

The learning journey of the toddler can be enhanced with proper nutritional supplement. A good example will be DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid). DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that is the essential for the growth and functional development of brains in infants and is a vital structural component of skin, eyes and brain. Common sources of DHA are fatty fishes such as salmons or supplements such as fish oil. It is essential that we obtain sufficient DHA as the body does not produce sufficient DHA. Taking probiotics and fish oil together have been found to improve microbial diversity as EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) found in fish oils can help probiotics adhere well to intestinal cells and boost the levels of bifidobacterium, thereby promoting a healthy intestinal flora.

Furthermore, in the midst of experimenting and interacting with the environment, toddlers are constantly in contact with the microbes around them and many toddlers have the habit of putting their dirty hands or items in their mouth. This can cause an introduction of harmful bacteria into their body. Iron, which is present in the gut can promote the replication and virulence of gut enteric pathogens. For DHA to be absorbed well, a healthy gut should be maintained with a balanced microbiome.

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