Low in Iron

Q: “Our pediatrician says our son is low in iron. He prescribed iron drops but they taste terrible. How can I add more iron to his diet?”

A: Iron is an essential nutrient for babies and 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 and poultry, eggs, beans and iron-fortified cereals.

If you have a difficult time giving the iron drops and getting your son to eat these foods, there are other forms of iron that your pediatrician could suggest.

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