The winter months can often mean that babies, toddlers and children are struck down by a string of coughs, colds and other illnesses.
Low iron levels in children is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in babies and children, and unfortunately, because iron helps give the immune system a boost, those babies and children with insufficient iron supplies, are more prone to colds and other illnesses.
Babies are born with approximately a six month store of iron and after this point their iron levels begin to get low.
This is one of the reasons that health experts recommend that mothers breastfeed exclusively until their baby is six months old, as after this time, the baby will require solids to help top up the amount of iron in their bodies.
Whilst it is important that babies over six months old consume a healthy supply of iron, whatever your child’s age, it is never too late to start giving them some iron-rich meals, particularly during the winter when germs and illnesses are rife.
If you are unsure which foods are a good source of iron then below are some of the best iron-rich food sources you may want to give to your baby or toddler to beat low iron levels in children.
* Eggs, particularly when cooked until both the yolk and white is solid
* Dark, green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and peas
* Chicken and turkey
* Red meat, particularly beef and kidney
* Baby milk and foods fortified with iron
* Beans and lentils
* Dried fruit including raisins, which make a great finger food
* Foods rich in vitamin C, such as oranges, tomatoes and kiwi fruit, as the vitamin C will help your little one’s body absorb more iron.