The life-long impact of brain development

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    There’s a phase called the “critical period” — a phase where the brain cell connections are more flexible and receptive to the influence of life experiences. If you miss out on this window of opportunity, it might be harder for your child to cope with the ever-changing world.

    Research confirms that the first five years of life are considered to be a rapid and dynamic period for brain development. Most brain processes during that period will have an impact on the developing brain. Circuits and connections multiply at a really fast phase and are strengthened through repeated use. Experiences and environment dictate which circuits and connections get more used.

    Studies also show that in the first five years, nutrition plays a crucial role in brain development. The brain is vulnerable during this period so proper nutrition helps regulate brain development. Deficiencies in nutrients such as iron, zinc, and choline which are commonly found in milk can significantly alter the brain, as well as cognitive outcomes.

    Proper nutrition truly matters, as does making sure that you give the proper experiences and support during the critical period. Positive experiences or stimulation with proper nutrition yield positive outcomes and strong, healthy brain connections, whereas negative experiences and lack of proper nutrition yield negative outcomes in a child’s brain development.

    As parents, it is indeed important to learn, understand, and build a solid foundation with their children while nourishing their growth with phospholipids to help them reach their maximum potential, especially in the first five formative years.

    What parents need to know is that their role is crucial in the development and growth of their children within the first five years. Parents should not miss out on this window of opportunity. It would be ideal to consult their doctors to get guidance on how to make the most of this critical period of their child’s brain development.