Rating of children's mixtures
The choice of nutrition for a child with artificial and mixed feeding is a very important matter. Immaturity of the gastrointestinal tract, enzyme deficiency, reaction to allergens, tender baby health require careful study of the composition of baby food. The same food can perfectly fit one child and cause an allergic rash or regurgitation in another. Each mother advises exactly the products that best suited her child. Not the least role is also played by the price of the product. Therefore it is difficult to make a rating of children's mixtures. Everyone must choose what is most suitable for the child.
The best food for the baby is breast milk
Given the immaturity of the gastrointestinal tract, mother's milk is an ideal food. It is easily digested, contains all the necessary microelements and vitamins, which are so necessary for the growth and development of the baby, antibodies and white blood cells protect the child from dangerous infections. It is surprising that the composition of breast milk varies depending on the needs of the child's body. Scientists still can not explain the mechanism of this phenomenon.
WHO strongly recommends feeding the baby up to 4 months of age exclusively with breast milk. With the correct diet of a nursing mother, this almost completely eliminates such problems as constipation, colic or indigestion. In the future, children who have grown up on breastfeeding, suffer less from asthma and other diseases.
The reasons for switching to mixed or artificial feeding
All mothers try to give their child all the best, but there is not always an opportunity for breastfeeding. Often in young mothers, milk is lost or is produced insufficiently due to stress or other negative factors. Therefore, parents are forced to switch to different children's mixtures.
The main reasons for switching to mixed or artificial feeding:
- the contrived fear of young mothers in front of pain, cracking of nipples, mastitis. The myth that feeding spoils the beauty of the breast; the unwillingness of a woman to maintain a diet in the first 3 months of breastfeeding;
- inability to feed every 2-3 hours (work, business trips);
- unsatisfactory state of health of a young mother;
- lack of milk.
Choice of mixture
Children's mixtures, whose rating can not be called the only true benchmark for parents, can be suitable for one child, but not at all suited to another. The body of each baby is very individual, so you should carefully consider the choice of the mixture, consult a pediatrician. The physician can indicate to parents for possible allergic reactions, intolerance to certain components or congenital eating disorders.
The best infant formula, the rating of which will be shown below, is fully adapted to the requirements of the baby, that is, as close to the composition of natural breast milk.
Composition of mixtures
It is impossible to be guided only by a rating of children's mixtures. Parents should definitely study the composition of baby food. Most mixtures are based on cow's milk, and some brands produce baby food based on goat's milk. Often, it includes iodine, nucleotides, oligosaccharides, prebiotics, which are important for the intestinal microflora. Choline is needed to maintain the normal state of the liver, carnitine and taurine are beneficial for the health of the nervous system and the vision of the child, starch is added to give the mixture the right consistency, polyunsaturated fatty acids for nutritional purposes. Very useful for children's body, when the mixture is enriched with iron.
If the body weight of the child is excessive, the composition of the food should be casein.
What does the marking mean?
Further it is necessary to pay special attention to the marking of the infant formula. If the product is intended for children who are underweight or for premature, the packaging is usually marked with the prefix "PRE" or the number "0". For babies in the first half of the year (from 0 to 6 months), products are indicated by the number "1", for children of the second half of the year (from 6 to 12 months) - by the number "2".
Below is the rating of mixtures for baby food.
A mixture of "Baby"
The rating of children's mixtures in many polls is headed by Malyutka. The advantage of this mixture is that it contains such useful components as prebiotics and nucleotides, B, A, E, K, D, C, PP, carnitine vitamins, many minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iodine, selenium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, potassium and others. The mixture does not contain preservatives and colorants. With all this, the price of food is reasonable enough. Among the minuses is the presence of a mixture of soy lecithin and palm oil, it is very foaming and very sweet. The mixture is a kind of compromise of quality and low price, proof that qualitatively - it is not always expensive.
Children's formula, whose rating is announced by pediatricians in 2014, is headed by Nutrilon. This is an adapted mixture of Dutch production. It strengthens the immunity of the baby, prevents excessive gas production and colic, maintains the normal state of the intestinal microflora. It contains such useful components as nucleotides, polyunsaturated fatty acids, which contribute to the development of the brain and support vision, 29 vitamins, minerals, prebiotics.
Among the shortcomings, it should be noted the presence of lecithin and palm oil, and the price is quite high, so the mixture "Nutrilon", which according to some data tops the rating of children's mixtures, may be for many parents can not afford.
Experts consider Similak (Denmark) to be one of the best children's mixtures. It promotes the formation of a normal stool, prevents constipation, helps the body absorb calcium better, which is very important for the development and strengthening of the bone tissue of a growing organism. As part of the mixture there is no palm oil, but there is coconut oil, which is no better. Therefore, parents should carefully monitor the reactions of the baby's body after feeding this mixture.
Baby milk formula "Nan" (Netherlands) occupies a place of honor in the rating. Different types of mixture are intended for each age category of children. A peculiarity of the mixture is that it contains fish oil, taurine, a sufficient amount of iodine. But among the components there is still palm oil, which adversely affects the absorption of calcium. Prebiotics and maltodextrin were also not detected. The mixture dissolves rapidly in water. It should be noted that the cost of such a mixture is quite high.
"Nestozhen" (Switzerland) - a mixture of children from birth, whose rating is quite high, according to pediatricians. They recommend it for feeding children up to a year. In the composition - standard components: prebiotics, lactose, demineralized milk whey, taurine. Among the pluses, it should be noted that it is pleasant to taste, bred well, quickly, sucrose is not found in it, the cost of the mixture is reasonable. Useful substances promote regular stool and improve digestion. The disadvantage is that the composition contains maltodextrin - molasses, which the producers add to increase the satiety period of the child, and this substance can negatively affect the health of the baby. Also, the mixture is sweet to taste, which can lead to the development of caries.
In the rating of children's mixtures it is worth noting the food "Agusha". It contains the necessary quantity of prebiotics, probiotics, casein, nucleotides, docosahexaenoic and arachidonic acids, which significantly increase the immunity and protective forces of the child's body. Also there are lutein, which is very useful for vision, inositol, useful for lung tissue, but the amount of iodine and whey proteins here is very small, it does not correspond to the daily norm and does not meet the needs of the child. The amount of maltodextrin in "Agusha" is large. No pathogenic microorganisms were detected. The mixture is poorly soluble in water.
"Hipp" (Germany) - a good and safe infant formula for children. It is pleasant to taste, perfectly soluble in water, does not contain maltodextrin and toxins. There are many lactobacilli, carnitine, selenium, taurine and other additional components that help the normal development of bone, muscle and endocrine systems. A distinctive feature of this mixture is that it is perfect for feeding babies with anemia, because the composition includes folic acid, ascorbic acid, iron.
Its essential disadvantage is the high price.
One of the best baby formulas in the rating is also Nutrilak. It is perfect for children with problems in digestion, with intolerance to lactose, cow's milk, for children who suffer from allergies. The perfect combination of price and quality. The mixture is inherent in the natural taste of a neutral shade. But in the composition still there is maltodextrin. It should be noted that the mixture contains many useful components - galactooligosaccharides and fructooligosaccharides, nucleotides, lutein, selenium, zinc, vitamins C, E, A, group B, no sucrose and starch.
Next in the rating of children's mixtures is "Fresolac". It contains fatty acids, beta-carotene, dietary fiber, which promote good digestion. The mixture is good for kids who do not tolerate iron, because its composition is very small. There are prebiotics and nucleotides, linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids for brain development, beta-carotene, which protects the body from free radicals, the optimal ratio of vitamin C and iron. Probiotics are not found, there is a very small amount of maltodextrin. The mixture is made on the basis of goat's milk.
"Human" - many believe that this is the best baby formula. Its rating is close to high positions. No doubt, "Humana" is a high-quality mixture. Pediatricians note that it is the most approximate in composition to natural breast milk. This is a therapeutic mixture that is prescribed for disorders of the gastrointestinal tract: with constipation, diarrhea, colic, fructose intolerance, iron deficiency anemia, and rickets. It is easily digested, does not contain gluten, sugar, preservatives and dyes. It has a soft effect on digestion, helps maintain immunity. However, its price is high enough, and many parents can not afford to feed the child with this mixture.
Baby formula brand "Nanni" (Bibikol) are made only based on milk goats from New Zealand. They are rich in "soft" proteins, which are better absorbed by the body and contain the maximum amount of vitamins and minerals necessary for the baby. Producers emphasize that baby food "Nanny" - an environmentally friendly product. Glucose and sucrose in the composition there, and there is lactose. The mixture is perfect for diet.
The described infant formula, the rating of which is high, take care of the baby's health from the first days of life. Parents should do their best so that their child does not worry about anything, so that the baby grows strong and rejoices every day. Therefore, we should not forget that the nutrition of the child is one of the most important factors of his future health.