Most parents are aware of toddler formulas containing cow’s milk, but they are not familiar with the alternatives available to them. One alternative to toddler formulas with cow’s milk is our goat’s milk formula, which is made from fresh goat’s milk. Fresh goat’s milk does have its benefits, so if you are curious to learn the benefits goat’s milk formula could offer, be sure to read more information about goat’s milk formula below!
One of the main benefits of goat’s milk formula is that it makes digestion easier for toddlers with sensitive tummies. Goat’s milk formula is so effective for easier digestion because the formula contains prebiotic oligosaccharides!
Prebiotic oligosaccharides inside goat formula are non-digestible fibres; this means that the body will not digest these compounds, but keep them in the large intestine. The presence of prebiotic oligosaccharides inside the large intestine has nothing but benefits, because it is there that prebiotic oligosaccharides from goat formula perform all their functions.
When goat formula is consumed by the toddler, the prebiotic oligosaccharides inside the goat formula travel immediately to the large intestine. Once they arrive in the large intestine, they will start to absorb water. The absorption of water has an influence on passing stool, because the water makes the stool softer and easier to pass. Therefore, toddlers who use a goat formula are less likely to experience digestive distress or digestion problems thanks to the presence of prebiotic oligosaccharides.
Since goat’s milk formula is richer in vitamin A compared to regular cow’s milk, toddlers can certainly benefit from the higher vitamin levels. Vitamin A is responsible for crucial processes inside the human body; this includes maintaining healthy skin, teeth, skeletal tissue, soft tissue and mucus membranes.
The main function of vitamin A is vision development and the development of vision in dim light. To ensure your child’s vision develops properly, goat’s milk toddler formula can certainly contribute. Of course, toddlers must also have a balanced solid food diet, which must also contain good levels of vitamin A.
Fortunately, there are many foods that contain high levels of vitamin A; this includes eggs, meat, cheese, cream and cod. Therefore, your child can also get vital vitamin A from these food sources in their regular diet.
Goat’s milk toddler formula also contains high levels of vitamin C, another vitamin that is crucial for good growth and development. With vitamin C, it is important to remember that the body cannot store this vitamin. Therefore, the diet of your toddler must contain the right levels of vitamin C to ensure proper growth and development.
Vitamin C is responsible for the growth and the repair of bodily tissues. The vitamin also creates a special protein called collagen, a protein needed for the creation of cartilage, skin, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels.
While it is unlikely your child will develop a shortage of vitamin C with a balanced diet, it is always a good idea to keep an eye on symptoms of vitamin C deficiency. Common symptoms of vitamin C deficiency include gum inflammation, scaly skin, slow wound healing, easy bruising and a decreased ability to fight off infections. If you believe your child may be deficient in vitamin C, it is essential to contact your child’s paediatrician right away.
Goat formula is also a good source of magnesium, because fresh goat’s milk contains 33% more magnesium than standard cow’s milk. This difference could be good news for toddlers with a magnesium deficiency, since magnesium performs a role in more than 300 biochemical processes inside the human body.
Magnesium has the power to activate more than 300 enzyme reactions. These are reactions that take place daily, and are needed for the normal functioning of the human body; this includes functions such as nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, energy production, nutrient metabolism, bone formation, cell formation and countless more functions.
When you give your child a good goat’s milk formula, a shortage of magnesium is rare. However, there are certain medical conditions that could cause a deficiency in magnesium. Therefore, it is still needed to check for magnesium deficiency regularly.
A deficiency in magnesium can manifest itself neurologically, muscularly, metabolically and cardiovasculary. However, a magnesium deficiency in children usually manifests itself in growth retardation, better known under the term “failure to thrive”. If you believe your child may be experience a lack of development due to a lack of magnesium, it is essential to contact your child’s paediatrician immediately.
Fortunately, parents can ensure a balanced diet with plenty magnesium for their child, since there are many foods that contain a good level of magnesium; this includes foods such as spinach, pumpkin seeds, yoghurt, almonds, black beans, and more.
Many parents are often surprised to learn that fresh goat’s milk contains more calcium than regular cow’s milk, the mineral that is probably most important for a child’s physical growth and development. Calcium is responsible for the creation and maintenance of strong bones and teeth, but also for other important functions such as blood clotting, nerve signalling and muscle contractions.
Naturally, parents must make sure that their child gets enough calcium in their regular diet too, because childhood is the time where the body starts to store calcium for later life. Fortunately, there are many good sources of calcium available that are liked by most children; this includes dairy products, kale, sardines, broccoli, watercress and Bok Choy.
Do you want to learn more about the nutrients inside our goat formula? Head over to our product description page and read the nutritional information included there. Looking for specific information, but cannot find it on our website? Feel free to contact Oli6 today for some advice.