Monday, November 22, 2010

Iron deficiency in babies

Iron deficiency in babies and toddlers is getting increased attention. Up to 15% of babies and toddlers don't get enough iron. This can lead to long-term developmental problems, even in babies who aren't deficient enough to become anemic. New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend supplements for some babies, especially breastfed babies aged 4-6 months and preterm babies. When a supplement is needed, consider using a plain iron drop or a combination product for breastfed babies to provide both iron and vitamin D. Keep in mind that iron concentration can vary from product to product. Please work with your doctor or licensed health professional to make the right choice.

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