Baby Weaning: 1 in 5 Babies Deficient In Iron

1 Sep

Did you know that 1 in 5 babies aged 10-12 months has a daily intake of iron that is below the recommended levels?

So, what to do about this?  Luckily, iron is easy to get into your weaning baby’s diet, as long as you are aware of its importance and can identify good dietary sources of it.

When your baby is born, he has a store of iron that will last for around 6 months.  It then becomes important that iron is provided in the diet, since deficiency can cause tiredness, increased infections, anaemia, irritability, loss of appetite, and even physical or mental development impairment.  Sadly, iron deficiency remains the most common nutritional deficiency found in young children.

To help ensure your baby is receiving enough iron, make sure their diet includes:

Red meat

Chicken and turkey

Oily fish – salmon, mackerel, tuna

Pulses – lentils, beans

Wholemeal bread

Egg yolk (well cooked)

Green vegetables, especially spinach and broccoli

Dried fruit, especially apricots

Follow-on formula milks are also rich in iron

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