Zinc is an essential nutrient for your child's growth and development.
Zinc is needed for all cell growth and plays a role in immunity and healing. Your baby will get enough zinc if he or she is breastfed or formula-fed. When breastfed babies start eating solid foods, they need a good source of zinc because the content of breast milk is not enough to match your growing baby’s requirements. Make sure you select first foods that are good sources of zinc, like pureed meats, mashed beans, and zinc- and iron-fortified baby cereal.
For an older child, zinc remains a critical nutrient for growth and development. In children who do not receive enough zinc, growth failure may occur, resulting in short stature or lack of expected height growth.
Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, September 2020