B vitamins have a huge impact on good mental health and are necessary for essential mental functions, as well. Typical vitamin B deficiency symptoms that affect the ability to learn are widely found in today’s children. In fact, most nutritionists could tell you that the mass of worldwide studies that looks at children’s nutritional status often find some type of nutrient deficiency; B vitamin deficiencies are usually at the top of the list.
Mental symptoms include forgetfulness, moodiness, confusion, dizziness, and loss of alertness.
Observe your child for slow eye-hand coordination and unsteadiness. Maybe his movements are sluggish or his legs jerk; these, along with frequent headaches, could also symptoms.Studies have shown that kids raised until age 6 on a vegan diet are still B12 deficient even years after they start eating at least some animal products. In one study, the researchers found: a significant association between cobalamin [b12] status and performance on tests measuring fluid intelligence, spatial ability and short-term memory” with formerly vegan kids scoring lower than omnivorous kids in each case.
The deficit in fluid intelligence is particularly troubling, the researchers said, because: it involves reasoning, the capacity to solve complex problems, abstract thinking ability and the ability to learn. Any defect in this area may have far-reaching consequences for individual functioning.
Will your child do anything he can to get out of reading? Yes, he could simply prefer video games and TV. But this could also be a result of having burning eyes, eye fatigue, the feeling of sand in the eyes, or visual disturbances. All these are caused by a vitamin B deficiency, especially vitamin B2 (also known as riboflavin).
It’s very important for you to monitor your child for these symptoms, because, sadly, health care professionals may often overlook Vitamin B deficiencies (click here to read why), searching for diseases rather than nutrient deficiencies. Knowledge of vitamin B deficiency symptoms can help you put your finger on and solve some of your child’s issues.