All babies need iron, a mineral that's essential for healthy brain development. Iron is also very important for both thought...
All babies need iron, a mineral that's essential for healthy brain development. Iron is also very important for both thought processes and motor ability - both can be compromised in babies who lack iron. Babies born around, on or after their due date are born with plenty of iron stores, gained from their mama during their time in the womb. Premature babies can be at risk of lower iron, but overall, iron deficiency anemia is rare in babies. According to the Mayo Clinic, you can breastfeed or feed your baby an iron enriched formula to ensure that iron levels are met. The Mayo Clinic also notes that the iron found in breast milk is more easily absorbed than the iron found in formula. By the age of 7 to 12 months your baby will need around 11 milligrams of iron daily. By the age of 1 to 3 years, your baby should have 7 milligrams of iron daily. In general, it's not too hard to get your baby the iron he needs. Just two servings of iron-fortified baby cereal provides a baby's daily amount of iron. As you add more solids to your baby's diet, aim for some iron-rich foods, like...
- Lean meats, poultry and fish
- Iron-fortified cereals, breads and pastas
- Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach
- Mashed or baked potatoes