At about 6 months of age, an infant’s iron needs can be met through the introduction of iron-rich foods, iron-fortified cereals, or iron supplement drops. Learn more about iron-rich foods that support an infant’s healthy development.
Do babies need iron supplements?
Babies from birth to age 6 months should get 0.27 milligrams of iron a day. Breastfeeding moms should talk to their baby’s health care providers about iron supplements beginning at age 4 months if they take iron supplements during this time. Babies ages 7 months to 12 months should get much more — 11 milligrams a day.
How do I know if my baby needs iron?
When babies don’t get enough iron, they may show these signs:
- Slow weight gain.
- Pale skin.
- No appetite.
- Irritability (cranky, fussy).
Is iron supplement bad for babies?
Don’t give your child supplements without talking to their doctor. Too much iron can be toxic. The amount of iron each person needs varies based on their age, sex, and whether or not you eat a vegetarian diet.
What are the symptoms of low iron in a child?
What are the symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia in a child?
- Pale skin.
- Irritability or fussiness.
- Lack of energy or tiring easily (fatigue)
- Fast heart beat.
- Sore or swollen tongue.
- Enlarged spleen.
- Wanting to eat odd substances, such as dirt or ice (also called pica)
What is a normal iron level for a child?
Normal value range is: Iron: 60 to 170 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL), or 10.74 to 30.43 micromoles per liter (micromol/L)
What are the symptoms of too much iron?
What are the symptoms of hemochromatosis?
- Fatigue (feeling tired a lot).
- General weakness.
- Heart flutters or irregular heartbeat.
- “Iron fist,” or pain in the knuckles of the pointer and middle fingers.
- Joint pain.
- Stomach pain.
- Unexplained weight loss.
How can I raise my child’s iron level?
Include lean red meat three to four times a week. Offer meat alternatives such as dried beans, lentils, chickpeas, canned beans, poultry, fish, eggs and small amounts of nuts and nut pastes. These are important sources of iron in your child’s daily diet.
What happens if you take iron with milk?
You shouldn’t take iron supplements with milk, caffeine, antacids, or calcium supplements. These can decrease the amount of iron that is absorbed. Try to take your iron supplement with vitamin C (for example, a glass of orange juice) to increase absorption.
How much iron is too much for a baby?
Keep in mind that too much iron can be toxic. Children under age 14 years should not take more than 40 milligrams a day.
Can low iron affect babies sleep?
The highest prevalence of iron deficiency anemia (IDA) in infancy coincides with a time of rapid changes in sleep organization. Since IDA in infancy is associated with long-lasting neurofunctional effects despite iron treatment, the normal development of sleep patterns might be affected.
Will iron supplements increase milk supply?
Note: Additional iron intake by the mother will not increase iron levels in breastmilk, even if the mother is anemic. Iron supplements taken by mom may produce constipation in baby. Anemia in the nursing mother has been associated with poor milk supply, however.