Infants need adequate vitamin B1 for normal development

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Researchers say that vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency in infants adversely affects their motor functioning when they are preschoolers.

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An essential component for the healthy development of children is good nutrition. Lack of vital nutrients can cause serious developmental problems in kids. Vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency in infants has been determined to have serious consequences on the development of these kids.

There has been poor motor function and balance in children who were vitamin B1 deficient as infants

American Friends of Tel Aviv University reports that there has been poor motor function and balance in children who were vitamin B1 deficient as infants. So there are long-term negative consequences for the health of children with deficiency of this vitamin.

In a new study the researchers observed that there was poor development of motor function in preschoolers who were fed poor formula which was low in vitamin B1 during the first year of their lives. This study was done by scientists in Tel Aviv. They based their final considerations on a retrospective study of kids who fed Remedia, which is an Israeli formula brand which completely lacks Vitamin B1, in 2004.

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Vitamin B1 deficient infants had a high rate of development of motor function problems

There were statistically significant differences observed between the infants who had adequate vitamin B1 consumption and those who did not.The differences were particularly noteworthy in dealing with balance-control functioning and fine motor skills. Vitamin B1 deficient infants had an overall high rate of development of motor function problems.

The problem of infant deaths which were caused by Remedia formula brand in Israel raised concerns about the potentially tragic impact of deficiency of vitamin B1. Infants with lack of vitamin B1 were hospitalized with cardiac and neurological symptoms. Vitamin B1 is generally found in infant formula.

Vitamin B1 has to be replenished often

Vitamin B1 is only stored in the body for about three weeks. It has to be replenished often. It is essential that mother's and other caregivers be made aware of how important vitamin B1 is for the development of children. Professor Fattal-Valevski. says it has been proven that B1 deficiency in infancy has long-term negative consequences on gross and fine motor function and balance skills in children. This study has emphasized the vital significance of proper infant feeding and the proper regulatory control of substitutes for breast milk.

This study has been published in the journal Maternal & Child Nutrition. Researchers investigated the long-term consequences of infantile vitamin B1 deficiency on motor function in preschoolers who were fed during their first 2 years of life with a thiamine-deficient formula. The clear negative long-term consequences on gross and fine motor function and balance skills in childhood for the infants feds the poor formula emphasizes how vitally important it is to feed infants properly and to regulate infant milk substitutes carefully.

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