Iron: Guidelines to improve your child's intake

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Learn what iron deficiency is and what you can feed your child to make sure they receive the amount of iron they need.

Key points

  • Iron is a mineral that forms hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to the body.
  • Without enough iron, a child can develop iron-deficiency anemia. This means the body gets less oxygen, causing the child to look pale and feel tired, weak and irritable.
  • Your child’s doctor may prescribe supplements if your child is iron deficient.
  • Eating certain foods can also increase your child’s iron levels.
Last updated: January 23rd 2020