IRON – Essential for growth of healthy baby!

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IRON – Essential for growth of healthy baby!

IRON – Essential for growth of healthy baby!

It’s well proven that babies and growing children need iron for strong blood and energy to do new things like walking and talking. Breast milk is abundance in iron they need for around the first 6 months. Baby formula too has iron in it. At about 6 months of age, your baby will need solid food (iron richen) along with milk.

This article lists foods with high iron content and foods which should be avoided and not consumed with iron.

Foods with high iron content

  • Baby cereal with added iron.
  • Legumes (like baked beans).
  • Green leafy vegetables.
  • Peanut butter and other nut pastes.
  • Eggs

Vegetables and fruit help to get the most iron from the food. Be sure that your baby has some fruit and vegetables every day.

Non – veg foods for babies

  • Babies can eat soft and smooth meat after 6 months of age.
  • Offer boneless fish or chicken.
  • There is no iron in the fatty parts of meat, so give them lean meat only.
  • Never add salt or soy sauce to meat for your baby.

Always have a watch on your baby when they eat to make sure they don’t choke.

Avoid these foods with foods rich in iron content

  • Custard/yoghurt
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Tea
  • Fresh cow’s milk and powdered milk

Babies can have full cream cow’s milk after they are 12 months old.

Vegetarian families avoid meat, chicken, fish and eggs. These foods supply important nutrients such as protein, vitamin B12, iron and calcium. So, if you don’t include these foods in your baby’s diet it is essential to replace these foods with alternative foods like tofu, legumes, peanut butter or other nuts, lentils or yoghurt.

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