K.M. asks from Pinellas Park, FL on June 29, 2007
I went to W.I.C and when they pricked my son's foot they told me his Iron was low..
What kind of foods can I give him that are good sources of Iron?
I have never been the type to eat healthy or watch what I eat so I'm uncertain on what to do..
He is no longer on formula... Whole milk only...and water, No juice, He isn't really a picky eater, he usually eats what ever I give him with no complaints.. I just don't know what to give him, anything will help... I really need quick and simple healthy meals,
As I am a full time working mom...
Any information will be greatly appreciated....
C.P. answers from Sarasota on July 01, 2007
Both of my children were anemic as young ones (9 months). The main thing I know is that milk actually interferes with the absorbtion of iron so don't give him more than he needs each day. Vitamin C helps to absorb it. You should consult your doctor first about supplements but I gave my kids the enfamil liquid vitamin with iron for quite a while. My son even had straight iron drops (prescription) for a month or two. I always gave them the vitamin with some source of vitamin C (diluted white grape juice or OJ). You can look online for more sources of iron but the main ones would be red meats, chicken, and legumes. You should also get him tested again in a month or two to see if he's improving.
W.P. answers from Tallahassee on June 30, 2007
Hi K., sweet potatoes are a great source of iron and so are apricots..Do you have computer access?? If so just put in baby foods that are high in iron, Several sites.You are a young mother and it is so nice to see you say he's your world!!! I am an older mother (almost 40) of a 3 year old..I see so many young mothers who care more about themselves..so GOOD FOR YOU!!!!
B.B. answers from Jacksonville on July 02, 2007
If you notice I asked a simular questions regarding my 2 yr old that is also low in iron. My pediatrician said red meat is the best, but make sure he doesn't have any dairy 1 hr before and 1 hr after he eats it. Diary lowers how much of the iron he will absorb. Iron is also high in cereal, brocolli etc. You might want to read some of the responses I got, I sent the request with the last week or week and half.
H.S. answers from Tampa on June 29, 2007
Make sure you limit his milk (and other dairy foods) to 4 servings/d. Dairy has no iron in it. 1 serving is 4oz or 1/2 cup. Give him as many veggies as he will eat and 2-3 sv of fruit (1/4 cup each serving)daily. Meat, beans, and greens are a great source of iron. Beans are also a great source of fiber that helps him stay regular and avoid constipation. I used to work at WIC as a dietitian. Good luck!
J.S. answers from Tampa on June 30, 2007
I noticed that you've got some responses about foods with iron. The other thing you could do is get a vitamin supplement...enfamil makes a tri-vi-sol or poly-vi-sol with and without iron for infants. You just give him one dropperful a day either in food/drink or directly in his mouth. Just make sure to get the one with iron. Also, don't give with milk/dairy as it will make the iron harder to absorb. And, if it gets on clothes it will stain, so be careful. :)
A.B. answers from Tallahassee on June 30, 2007
The infant cereal is a good source of iron, and when my son, who is also 12 mo old, went from formula to the bottle I made sure to add the cereal to his bottle to give him the extra iron b/c milk is not a good source of it at all. One serving of the cereal is 1/4 cup, which is three formula scoops from what I have measured, and has 45% of the iron he needs, so two bottles w/ cereal in it or just mixing it in w/ some of his thinner baby food would work to give him a good bit of iron. I also make sure to check the baby food that I buy to make sure it has a good amount in it. I've never seen one w/ more than 7 or 8%, but even that little bit is better than baby food w/ no iron in it. Hope this has helped!
S.P. answers from Jacksonville on July 06, 2007
i am still working on it bout food too and making sure they all 3 have great iron too.. i get concern sometime to make sure they getting enough.. i am doing what i can.. my daughter just turn 12 month yesterday and i am trying to see if she get enough iron. i hope she do .
S.M. answers from Tampa on June 30, 2007
Red meats, beans, prunes, raisins ,beets and dark leafy greans are all high in iron. Be sure to give hime something containing Vit C when giving him iron rich foods as this helps him absorb the iron.