Iron Guidelines for Babies and Young Children

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Re: Iron Guidelines for Babies and Young Children

Post  lunamoonfang on Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:35 am

Infants fed standard formula through age 12 months receive adequate iron intakes, as long as iron-fortified cereals or other complementary foods are added to the diet between ages 4 and 6 months. Between the ages of 6 and 12 months, iron needs increase to 11 mg per 2.2 lbs. of body weight daily. The diet, beyond human milk or formula, should therefore include iron-rich complementary foods, and a liquid supplement can be given if formula and foods are not meeting these needs.
Things are a little different for toddler and preterm infants; preemies need a minimum of 2 mg of iron per kilogram (2.2 lbs) of body weight daily for the first year, either from formula fortified with iron or human milk and a daily iron supplement of 2 mg iron per kilogram of body weight daily. Between ff14 gil the ages of 1 and 3 years, iron needs go down slightly to 7 mg of iron per 2.2 lbs of body weight.
Parents should always consult a pediatrician before giving an infant or child iron supplements and are further advised to keep all iron-containing supplements away from children, as an accidental overdose of iron can be toxic to children. Experts also stress the importance of not feeding an infant liquid cow’s milk before 12 months of age, in part because it is iron-poor and tends to displace essential iron-rich foods from the diet.

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Post  tomasston on Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:26 pm

That's good, I should know!


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