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Jodi - posted on 12/17/2015
First you need to determine that he NEEDS additional iron. However, if he isn't eating solids well yet, then perhaps keep him on iron fortified formula until he is. My daughter was underdeveloped in her eating of solids at this age, so I kept her on formula until she was 18 months to make sure she was getting her necessary nutrients.
Raye - posted on 12/17/2015
How do you know your son needs more iron? Have you spoken to your doctor? Has he been diagnosed with anemia? Not enough iron can cause health problems, but too much iron can also cause problems. It's best to speak with a doctor before giving your child supplements.
Cow's milk can reduce the amount of iron that is absorbed by the body, so kids under 2 should have no more than 24 ounces of whole milk a day. Iron-fortified products such as cereal can be a great way to help young children to get more iron. Other good sources of iron include: red meats, dark poultry, salmon, tuna, egg yolks, green leafy vegetables, dried peas and beans, molasses, dried fruits and raisins, and enriched whole-grain bread. Serve these alongside foods or drinks rich in vitamin C (tomatoes, broccoli, orange juice, strawberries, etc.), which improve the body's absorption of iron.
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