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Welcome to Me and My Child where you’ll find lots of information on the wonderful journey of parenthood, from pregnancy, to birth and your child’s early development. Every child’s development is different, so be sure to consult with your health care professional if you have any concerns.

You’ll also find plenty of information about what you can feed your child.

When it comes to babies, Breastfeeding is best, and provides the ideal balanced diet and protection against illness. During pregnancy and after delivery, a mother’s diet should contain sufficient key nutrients. Professional guidance can be sought on diet and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. Infant formula is intended to replace breast-milk when mothers do not breastfeed. A decision not to breast-feed, or to introduce partial bottle-feeding, could reduce the supply of breast-milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use, such as the use of unboiled water, unboiled bottles or incorrect dilution may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications, such as the preparation requirements and the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age, should be considered when choosing how to feed infants.

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Iron-Deficiency

Iron Deficiency

Iron

Iron is an important dietary mineral that is involved in multiple bodily functions. Perhaps most notably is its role in the transport of oxygen around the body, which is essential to the production of energy by the body’s cells. Iron is also vital for brain development.

Children from babyhood through to the teen years have very high requirements for iron so it is important to ensure their diet meets their needs.

Iron Deficiency

Children 1 to 3 years old are at higher risk of iron deficiency anaemia mainly because their increased needs for iron may not be met by their diet.

What is iron deficiency?

Iron is present in all cells and has several vital functions, including being part of haemoglobin, the substance that transports oxygen in the blood.

Iron deficiency occurs when there is insufficient iron in the body to meet the child’s needs.

What are the possible symptoms and signs of iron deficiency?

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Pallor
  • Diminished mental, motor and behavioural functioning

Can iron deficiency be treated?

Your healthcare professional can diagnose and treat iron deficiency, but prevention is the ultimate goal.

How can iron deficiency be prevented in the 1st and 2nd years of life?

  • Start complementary foods rich in iron from around 6 months of age. Talk to your health care professional to suggest a suitable option.
  • Avoid cow’s milk, as it is low in iron
  • Feed a variety of foods rich in iron and vitamin C
  • Use iron-fortified cereals

Which foods are rich in iron?

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Age appropriate Iron-fortified cereals
  • Brown bread
  • Beans
  • Spinach