Iron deficiency in babies

Iron deficiency in babies

Your baby needs specific nutrients to support their development. One such nutrient is iron, which is essential for healthy blood. Although babies are born with natural stores of iron, these start to run out at around 6 months, so you’ll need to make sure your baby’s diet is rich in iron to avoid them developing anaemia. Read on to find out more about how you can ensure your baby gets enough iron.

Iron deficiency in babies

Why your baby needs iron

Iron is essential for producing haemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying part of red blood cells) and for brain development. A deficiency in iron can cause your baby to develop anaemia, which can lead to tiredness and lack of energy and may affect their learning of fundamental skills.

Iron deficiency in babies

Providing iron through a weaning diet

At around 6 months of age, your baby’s natural store of iron runs out, so you must ensure they get enough iron from other foods when they start weaning. However, it's not always easy for your baby to eat large amounts of iron-rich foods like red meat, chicken and fish at this stage. So to complement their weaning diet, if you are bottlefeeding you may like to consider moving your baby onto a follow-on milk. Aptamil Follow On is an excellent source of iron and can help to ensure they get their daily requirement of this key mineral from 6 months onwards. It's also been designed to complement weaning.

If you would like more advice about getting iron into your baby’s diet, give our expert feeding advisors a call anytime on 0800 996 1000. Or chat to us online via our instant messaging service, Live Chat Monday to Friday, 8am - 8pm.

 

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