Why Your Child Needs Iron
Let’s talk about iron. Iron is incredibly important for our health – it supports children’s brain development, behavior, mood, energy, sleep. In the United States, one of the most common reasons for iron deficiency is nutritional – which is why we ask about it at your child’s checkups.
When to Screen for Iron Deficiency
Because of this (and because developmental effects can be subtle), the AAP actually recommends that kids get screened for iron deficiency 2 times in early childhood.
- At 9-12 months, usually with a blood test
- Anytime between 1-5 years old for kids at higher risk, with a blood test or asking a series of questions on history.
Who is at Higher Risk for Iron Deficiency?
Children who don’t have regular access to nutritious food, selective eaters, kids who have chronic medical conditions, kids who are born premature, kids with sensory sensitivities that may affect their eating habits, etc.
Talk with your pediatrician if you have questions about your child’s iron intake. Check out the blog over Vitamins – it has more information about your baby’s nutritional needs during their first year of life.