What Is Iron?
What Happens When the Body Has Low Iron?
- Decreased energy
- Problems with concentration
- Feeling faint
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
Are Some Children at Higher Risk for Anemia?
How Can I Make Sure My Child Is Getting Enough Iron?
- Liver, beef, poultry, pork, lamb
- Tuna, salmon
- Iron-fortified cereals and breads
- Dried beans, such as limas, soybeans, pinto and kidney beans, split peas, black-eyed peas
- Whole grains, including wheat, millet, oats, and brown rice
- Dried fruits, such as apricots, raisins, prunes, dates, peaches
- Dark green vegetables, including leafy greens like spinach, kale, and collards, as well as broccoli and asparagus
- Blackstrap molasses
Should My Child Be Tested for Anemia?
How Much Iron Does My Child Need?
Age of Child
|7-12 months||11 mg||11 mg|
|1-3 years||7 mg||7 mg|
|4-8 years||10 mg||10 mg|
|9-13 years||8 mg||8 mg|
|14-18 years||15 mg||11 mg|
What Should I Do if My Child Is Anemic?
How Can I Safely Store My Child’s Iron Supplements?
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 04/2012 -
- Update Date: 04/23/2012 -