Eating a healthy, varied diet, preferably organic, is the best way to get nutrition. Internationally adopted children may have nutrient deficiencies, since many orphanages only feed the children simple meals that are easy to make and economical.
Below are some deficiencies that adoptive families have reported. Please note – this is meant to be a guide and is not meant for self supplementation. An excess of supplements can be harmful, so please talk to your health care provider first.
Parental experience shows that doctors without international adoption experience may NOT know to check for these deficiencies. Integrative medicine professionals often start by checking for nutritional deficiencies.
- Vitamin D
- Ferritin (different from hemoglobin)
- Vitamin C
- Omega-3s (vital to brain development)