We see so many articles on Iron and as parents are told the importance of including it into our children’s diets, but do you know why it is such an important mineral?
It is a vital nutrient that helps make hemoglobin, which are the components that carry oxygen in the red blood cells. Without iron, the body cannot make enough red blood cells and our organs and tissues will not function properly. Iron is also vital for brain function and development as well as helping to increase concentration levels. With so much information out there, it can become difficult to keep track of how much is required in your children’s diets each day, so here is a guide to help eliminate the confusion!
- Infants 7-12 months require up to 11 mg of iron daily.
- Toddlers need 7mg of iron each day.
- Children 4-8 years old require 10 mg of iron.
- 2 servings a day of lentils, legumes, cooked spinach, and seeds such as pumpkin or sesame provide an adequate intake of iron for those children who do not favor iron rich proteins from meat.
We want to know….how do you make sure your family is getting enough iron in their meals?