Determining whether your little one has low iron and investigating the root cause requires careful evaluation by a healthcare professional. A diet low in iron is the most common cause of iron deficiency in toddlers. Read on to learn more about how iron-rich foods for toddlers may help resolve the problem.
3 Easy and Natural Toddler Iron Deficiency Remedies
Got (too much) milk?Little ones who drink more than 24 ounces a day of unfortified cow (or goat milk) may be at risk of iron deficiency if they do not eat enough foods that have iron; milk is not a good source of iron and may block its absorption.
Offer iron-rich foods each dayGenerally, children one to four years should aim for 7 mg of iron daily. And, for many, this can be achieved by offering iron-rich foods each day. Some healthy, iron foods for toddlers can include red meat, chicken, leafy greens, nuts, and beans. Fortified milk, such as Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula* contains over 3mg of iron in two 4-ounce servings (that’s 30% of your toddler’s daily iron!)
Complement with foods high in Vitamin CConsuming iron-rich foods with those naturally high in vitamin C, such as oranges, strawberries, melons, and bell peppers, will naturally help with iron absorption.
While diet is one of the best ways to prevent and manage iron deficiency in toddlers, some children may need an iron supplement to get what they need – you’ll want to talk with your healthcare professional if you’re unsure.
For a more in-depth look at iron deficiency in toddlers, visit our Symptom Spotlight: Iron Deficiency.
Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula may be an option for little ones during feeding transitions, such as weaning and supplementing, or those with minor issues associated with cow milk sensitivity*.
*Not suitable for children with confirmed cow milk protein allergy