Can you really train your baby to be smarter?
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In milk powder commercials, ingredients like DHA and ARA - fatty acids found in breast milk - get special mention but do they really make a difference?
Dr Natalie Epton, a specialist pediatrician and neonatologist at SBCC Mount Elizabeth Novena, said that research by the Cochrane Collaboration group suggests that while there is no harm in adding DHA to formula milk, there is no conclusive evidence it leads to better brain development in babies.“We know that when DHA occurs in breast milk, they also occur with the enzyme that is able to break that down and utilise it in the body,” she said. “But getting DHA without the enzyme, nobody knows whether that is actually worthwhile doing or not.”In short, there are no lack of products and classes that promise to help parents raise a smart child, and most would want to cram as much as they can into that golden age of 0-3.One thing is certain, babies crave stimulation. And as some experts point out, simply talking, playing or bringing them to the playground may well give them the brain boost they need.Watch the series How To Raise A Super Smart Baby here.