Micronutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin A and calcium are also needed by children, especially in infancy. This micronutrient is able to help children grow and develop optimally. Conversely, if the child has a deficiency of micronutrients what impact?
Head of Public Health Nutrition Department, Dr. Jorg Spieldenner, an expert staff of the Nestle Research Center in Lausanne, said of the study conducted for children aged six months to five years in Indonesia, there are several nutrients that are lacking consumed by children. Including iron, vitamin D and calcium.
This affects the cognitive development of children. Where children who have micronutrients will have lower IQ scores. Though Indonesia as a country that switched from orintasi agrarian orientation to knowledge, cognitive intelligence factor becomes very important.
"If the IQ scores fell by 10, it will reduce the level of children's learning," he told reporters in an exclusive interview before the event Changing a Child's Life: The Importance of Mikronutrients Period During weaning, in Jakarta, Monday (11/5).
In addition, other effects of micronutrient deficiencies by Jorg, the child will have anemia and stunting or short body. In young children, the impact of micronutrient deficiencies affect growth and development, posture and alertness. Child micronutrient deficiencies unresponsive, long sleep, and inactivity.