January 2012 Moms

12 month lab results

We got DDs lab results back from her 12 month check up.  Her iron is slightly low.  I think that's probably due to the transition from formula to WCM?  Does anyone have any recommendations to increase iron in toddler friendly foods?
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Re: 12 month lab results

  • Grill steak or lamb and feed it to them in thinly sliced pieces.  If your LO won't chew meat, let grilled meat rest on a cutting board for a few minutes then spoon the juices into their mouth. Or if that's a little too Twilight for you, meatballs and liver pates are easy for LOs to eat and have plenty of iron. 
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  • Luckily DD can chew meat pretty well, so we won't have to get Twilight Smile

    Is iron only in red meat? (sorry if I sound like a nutrition dummy)  I feel like she gets plenty of meat/protein in her diet, but maybe she's not getting enough red meat.  Obviously I'll ask her pediatrician as well, but sometimes a doctor's recommendations don't seem very practical when dealing with an infant/toddler.

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  • There a lot of different foods to increase iron. Spinach, Kale, beans (kidney, navy ect), seafood, cereals, and such.  You can probably search for foods high in iron online and get an idea of things your dd already likes that are rich in iron that you can offer more of.
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  • My niece was diagnosed with low iron earlier last year.  Top of the list for iron rich foods was dark chocolate.  But it has to be dark and you'd have to feel comfortable giving your kid chocolate.

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  • image dhviel:
    My niece was diagnosed with low iron earlier last year.  Top of the list for iron rich foods was dark chocolate.  But it has to be dark and you'd have to feel comfortable giving your kid chocolate.

    Hmm, I'm not opposed to DD having chocolate, but I'm thinking it probably shouldn't be her main source of iron. Wink

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  • I found a recipe online for toddler meatballs and I made them with baby oatmeal which has lots of iron in it instead of bread crumbs.  You also add pureed vegetables.  My son really liked them and they froze really well. 

    http://www.parents.com/blogs/high-chair-times/tag/beef-recipes-for-baby/

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  • My little man loves banana/spinach purees. You just take a half a cup of spinach with a whole banana, all uncooked and blend together. So easy and healthy!
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  • We give DS Poly-vi-Sol with Iron at the recommendation of our pediatrician.  DS is not necessarily a picky eater but basically refuses to eat vegetables.  We give him a dose of the vitamin daily and I've stopped stressing about his intake.

    Earth's Best also has some iron-fortified foods that can be helpful in upping her intake.  We haven't had much success with feeding DS steak because of the texture.

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  • image jnickers98:

    image dhviel:
    My niece was diagnosed with low iron earlier last year.  Top of the list for iron rich foods was dark chocolate.  But it has to be dark and you'd have to feel comfortable giving your kid chocolate.

    Hmm, I'm not opposed to DD having chocolate, but I'm thinking it probably shouldn't be her main source of iron. Wink

    That was basically what I meant!  Although even a couple bites here and there would probably really boost her iron!  There are plenty of other sources out there as others have shared, it's just that dark chocolate is very iron rich so it would boost it fast.

    Broccoli & spinach are probably better bets for consistant iron though!

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  • Raisins have a good amount of iron and are really good for you in general.

    That was on our pedi's top 5 iron rich foods.

     

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    I found a recipe online for toddler meatballs and I made them with baby oatmeal which has lots of iron in it instead of bread crumbs.  You also add pureed vegetables.  My son really liked them and they froze really well. 

    http://www.parents.com/blogs/high-chair-times/tag/beef-recipes-for-baby/

    This looks like a great recipe.  Did you just swap the cereal for bread crumbs, or did you adjust the amount of cereal?

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    Raisins have a good amount of iron and are really good for you in general.

    That was on our pedi's top 5 iron rich foods.

     

    Just be careful with raisins because they're a choke food until age 2-3.

    We don't eat a lot of red meat, so then neither does DD. We had to switch to the vitamins without iron because of staining on DD's teeth. (It went away once we went to the iron-free) So to be sure she's getting enough iron, we make sure she gets a lot of spinach (and basically any dark green veggie), beans, lentils, wheat germ (loves it in her yogurt or mixed into pancake batter), oatmeal, tofu, even sweet potatoes are a good source. 

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  • image Mrs.AMB07:
    image bigbear:

    Raisins have a good amount of iron and are really good for you in general.

    That was on our pedi's top 5 iron rich foods.

     

    Just be careful with raisins because they're a choke food until age 2-3.

    We don't eat a lot of red meat, so then neither does DD. We had to switch to the vitamins without iron because of staining on DD's teeth. (It went away once we went to the iron-free) So to be sure she's getting enough iron, we make sure she gets a lot of spinach (and basically any dark green veggie), beans, lentils, wheat germ (loves it in her yogurt or mixed into pancake batter), oatmeal, tofu, even sweet potatoes are a good source. 

     

    Hm, weird our pedi never said anything about that. Not that it doesn't make sense though! lol  We of course watch her with everything so we feel she can have those too. She actually doesn't eat plain raisins, she likes them in cinamon raisin bread.

     

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