Is Your Child Getting Enough Iron?
Iron is an essential nutrient for the health of
Hi I'm Dr Roy Benaroch of Pediatric Physicians PC and we're to talk about iron in the diet, and how to tell if your children is getting enough of this essential nutrient.Iron is an essential nutrient for the health of blood, muscle, and the brain. Good iron sources include red meat, fortified cereals, eggs, and nuts. Though most children in the developed world get enough iron in their diet, iron deficiency is still seen fairly commonly. In children, iron deficiency is most commonly seen in breast-fed infants by about 6 months, because human breast milk is a poor source of iron. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends iron supplementation for all breast-fed babies starting at 4 months of life. This should be continued until the child’s diet changes in include iron-rich foods. It’s also recommended that all babies get a blood test to look for iron deficiency at 12 months of life. Iron deficiency is also seen in teenage girls, and in children who are vegetarians or who eat little meat. Though beans and raisins and eggs do contain iron, they don’t contain nearly as much easily-absorbed iron as is found in red meat.If you’re concerned that your child isn’t getting enough iron, review a three day dietary history with your pediatrician. He or she may want to do a blood test, and can talk with you about increasing dietary iron through iron-rich foods or my using an iron supplement. For more information, visit About.com.