Iron Deficiency and How it Affects Your Child

Iron deficiency seems to be universal. Of the hundreds of children I have tested for their iron status in the past few years, 99% are not only low in iron based on serum iron and TIBC, but show extremely low iron stores as reflected by very low ferritin levels. The article just published in Pediatrics showing that low iron has negative effects on behavior gives further reason to supplement most if not all children with a little iron. I would recomend 2 — 3 mg/Kg/day elemental iron — during the first year or two of life. More than this can be constipating. Check with your Pediatrician or physician for your childs particular recommendations

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