Has anyone tried giving zinc vitamins to their little ones? I've heard that zinc enhances babies' motor skills development.

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There is no need to give zinc supplement for a healthy full-term breastfed baby, as he/she will be getting sufficient amount from the mother’s breast milk. When your baby is past six months, you can ensure that he/she is getting enough zinc by supplementing your baby’s diet with complementary food such as milk, oatmeal, or yogurt. It is unlikely that your baby will be getting too much zinc from diet alone, but it is good to be aware that excessive amounts of zinc could cause nausea and vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea and headache. The maximum amount considered safe for children 1-3 years old and 4-8 years old is 7mg and 12mg, respectively. You can refer to this site for a list of sources of zinc that you can consider when preparing your baby’s food: http://blog.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com/how-to-ensure-your-baby-is-getting-enough-zinc/

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According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, although mechanisms linking zinc deficiency with cognitive development is unclear, it appears that zinc deficiency may lead to deficits in children’s neuropsychologic functioning, activity, or motor development. If your baby has started eating solid food, you can introduce foods like oatmeal, ricotta cheese, low fat fruit yogurt and cereal that's fortified with zinc. This article has a comprehensive list of suggestions for zinc rich foods that you can introduce into your child's diet. http://www.babycenter.com/0_zinc-in-your-childs-diet_10324698.bc#articlesection3

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