When a person is born with a brain injury, it can affect their control over their metabolism and nutrient uptake.
In some children, this entails not always getting the amount of nutrients required for proper development and growth. In addition, ensuring that the brain gets certain nutrients can affect learning and development in general, especially in connection with a brain injury.
These two factors are the reason why meals should contain ingredients with the nutrients required for the brain, and ideally as a natural part of a person’s daily diet.
An appropriate and ample food intake
A properly balanced diet provides a person with the nutrients they need. Children with a congenital brain injury often have a reduced absorption of vitamins and minerals, and this deficiency can result in reduced cognitive functions and learning difficulties.
These children also need more nutrients, as their metabolism is not as effective as that of other children. This means that their bodies need a greater than average amount of food in order to maintain a sufficient growth curve, particularly in their early years. Delayed growth and poor nutrition not only affects the brain, but also influences the child’s overall functional ability.
A non-optimal diet affects a child in terms of psychological, motor and social factors. In addition, diet also has a major impact on learning, concentration and focus.