How to have your kids get enough iron

This video presents How To Ensure Your Child Sufficient Iron intake And Why It Matters

Nowadays, it is parents’ top priority that their children are properly nourished so that they can grow and develop healthily. Among a variety of key supplements in the child’s diet, one stands out of them all as the top topic of discussion – iron.

In general, iron is a driving force for junior’s healthy development. It makes for a fundamental building block of hemoglobin, which in turn is the building block of human’s red blood cells, the oxygen transporters in our body.

Iron is of particular importance to the newly born,since they reach six months of age and start weaning. Having used up the lingering iron they received from mothers during pregnancy, babies at this stage require food with a healthy amount of iron to ensure their development.

Among the many causes of this condition, the top meal-associated ones we should beware are: failure to deliver weaning meals with sufficient iron, lack of red and white meat intake, over-eating milk-related food, imbalanced food intake over a long period, or engagement in intense physical activities during teenage years (in particular, female athletes.)

What to do if your child is lack of iron in the body

1. Make sure your child takes in enough iron from daily meals
Children should consume Iron rich foods such as red and white meats. The second source, non-heme iron, is from plant-based meals like beans, peas, tofu, to name a few. Children from 6 months and 1 year old should have high-iron meals twice a day.

2. Try a cast-iron skillet
A skillet made of this material can contribute some of its iron component to making your meal iron-rich, during the cooking time. Cast iron skillets also make for great heat conductors, meaning you can cook your food faster, preserve the heat longer, much longer. Another benefit to cast-iron material is that it contains no chemical danger like non-stick pans, of which surface material can be accidentally absorbed by your food during cooking.

3. Don’t overdo on milk-related food
Excessive consumption of dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt is actually a bad thing. As dairies contain no iron, this can lead to nutrient imbalance and thus iron deficiency. Thus, it is important to remember to serve milk in parallel with other foods, and keep your child’s dairy intake under a safe threshold (maximum amount is 500 ml a day).

An iron supplement may be beneficial for the under-nourished, however, only give your child that substance boost when you have heard the word from someone with the expertise. Too little iron is not good, but too much of it is not, either!

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