Low in Iron

Iron is an essential nutrient for young children. Low iron has been shown to affect memory and other areas of cognitive development.

Full-term babies are born with sufficient iron supplies, supplemented by breast milk. Once children begin eating solid food, iron is supplied by their diet.

Foods rich in iron include:

  • red meat
  • fish
  • poultry
  • eggs
  • beans
  • iron-fortified cereals

If you have a difficult time getting your toddler to eat these foods or to take the iron drops the healthcare provider may have recommended as a supplement, there are other forms of iron that the provider could suggest.

See also ...

Toddlers and dietary supplements, including iron

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