For infants who are exclusively formula-feeding, the AAP recommends an iron-fortified formula. Although only 4 percent of the iron contained in formula is typically absorbed by the baby’s intestinal tract, iron-fortified formula contains enough of the nutrient to meet the baby’s needs.
Can formula fed babies have low-iron?
Formula-fed babies can become iron-deficient if iron-fortified formulas are not used. Iron deficiency may cause severe complications in babies, such as weakness, abnormal digestion, and permanently reduced learning abilities.
What happens if a baby has too much iron?
A young child with too much iron (iron overload) can be seen in diseases of the hemoglobin such as sickle cell disease, thalassemia, and the condition of neonatal hemochromatosis. Juvenile hemochromatosis is an inherited condition that can result in early death by heart failure if not detected and treated.
Is to much iron bad for babies?
Too much iron is harmful. This isn’t a risk with iron from foods, though. It can be a serious problem for babies and toddlers who take too much iron from supplements. Be sure to tighten supplement bottle caps and keep the bottles in a safe place.
When should I stop giving my baby iron?
Start giving your baby an iron supplement at age 2 weeks. Continue giving your baby the supplement until age 1. If you breast-feed and give your baby fortified formula and the majority of your baby’s feedings are from formula, stop giving your baby the supplement.
How do you know if your baby is iron deficient?
What are the symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia in a child?
- Pale skin.
- Irritability or fussiness.
- Lack of energy or tiring easily (fatigue)
- Fast heart beat.
- Sore or swollen tongue.
- Enlarged spleen.
- Wanting to eat odd substances, such as dirt or ice (also called pica)
Why does my baby have low iron?
A diet that does not have enough iron is the most common cause. During periods of rapid growth, even more iron is needed. Babies are born with iron stored in their bodies. Because they grow rapidly, infants and toddlers need to absorb a lot of iron each day.
Why does infant formula have iron?
Usually cow’s-milk formulas are tried first. Babies need iron in addition to other vitamins and minerals. The iron in human milk is much more easily absorbed by infants than the iron in cow’s milk.
What happens if you take iron with milk?
You shouldn’t take iron supplements with milk, caffeine, antacids, or calcium supplements. These can decrease the amount of iron that is absorbed. Try to take your iron supplement with vitamin C (for example, a glass of orange juice) to increase absorption.