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Importance of Iron for Infants

To keep an infant on track and growing at the rate they should be, a well balanced nutritional diet is absolutely essential. If your child isn't meeting their milestones for growth and development, then there could be a vitamin deficiency in the mix. Too little or too much iron can be detrimental to your child so it is always best to be informed. Read on to find out more about iron deficiency, signs and symptoms and some good sources of iron for infants.

Signs and symptoms of an iron deficiency in your toddler 

An iron deficiency also commonly known by its medical term, anemia, can cause a whole host of problems for your little one if it isn't picked up quickly enough. Perhaps your child is vegetarian or vegan, and doesn't consume cow's milk? Whatever the symptom you’re seeing them experience, it is usually something simple to figure out that has caused the deficiency. Some signs to look out for include:

  • Change in behaviour
  • Recurring infections
  • Loss of appetite
  • Breathlessness
  • Lethargy or decrease energy
  • Strange food cravings
  • Increased sweating or higher temperature
  • Slower rate of growth for their peer group

Good sources of iron for infants

As our bodies need iron to work efficiently, it’s imperative to make sure your little ones are getting enough of the nutrients they need. Iron is naturally occurring in many different foods that are super tasty and easy to incorporate into meals and recipes for infants, including:

  • Red meat (cooked so that it is soft to chew)
  • Dark poultry (thighs and wings of chicken or turkey)
  • Eggs (hard boiled or scrambled)
  • Baby cereal (made from oats, quinoa, brown rice or barley)
  • Beans (chickpeas and kidney beans)
  • Lentils (red, brown or green cooked into a puree)
  • Pasta

Benefits of iron foods for infants and toddlers

As with any vitamin or nutrient, iron has specific health benefits and you will absolutely notice the difference when your child’s iron intake is increased after a deficiency. The benefits of increasing good sources of iron for infants include:

  • Increase in energy
  • Boosted hemoglobin production 
  • Reduction in fatigue 
  • Improved muscle strength and endurance
  • Better immune system function
  • Improved concentration
  • Fewer bruises
  • Restored sleep patterns
  • Lowered chance of developing anemia

Choose Funch for iron fortified cereals for babies

Keeping your little ones healthy and happy is imperative for their wellbeing and yours. We understand it isn't always easy to feed them the food they like while making sure it is also nutritious and healthy. Our iron fortified cereals available in Australia have been expertly created with your baby or toddler in mind. With tasty flavours like apple and Kakadu plum, mango and desert lime and pear and Davidson plum wholegrain cereals, you’ll be sure to have a happy and full bub. Shop our selection of wonderful nutritious options for you and your family online today.

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