Why Do Babies Need DHA?
Babies require adequate nutrition to support the important changes occurring in early development—particularly a sufficient amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
DHA, in particular, is necessary for the growth and maturation of an infant’s brain and retina, and is required in large amounts during pregnancy and the first few years following birth.
Given its prominent influence on the foundational structure and functions of the developing brain, whether a child receives adequate DHA in early life can have lasting implications for their long-term development.
For example, observational and intervention studies show that adequate omega-3 levels help support babies’ cognitive, social, and physical development by promoting:
Performance on measures of language and cognition
Mental and motor skill development
A healthy immune response to allergens.