Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Linda | 2012-05-26


iron supplement for 7 week old baby

Hi, my baby is 7 weeks and her doctor told me that I should give her iron drops till she is 1 year old since I am breastfeeding her. I have given her once these drops but she was vomiting afterwords.Can I give her iron when she is a bit bigger or I should keep trying giving it to her?

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It is not necessary to give your baby extra iron at this stage. Healthy babies have sufficient iron stores in their body to last at least until the age of 6 months.

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Posted by: lientjie | 2012-06-08

when my baby was 6weeks old, my pead prescribed vidialyn drops with added iron - i used to put it in her first bottle in the mornings - she was on formula milk

no fussiness, she sleeps from 8 at night until 5:30 in the morning since she was 3months old, never experienced constipation and i am still using the drops daily.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012-05-28

The iron in breastmilk is low - but it is the right amount - and almost 100% of it is absorbed by your baby.

At around 6 months, when stores from the pregnancy are used up and what is in the breastmilk becomes insufficient is around the stage when we introduce solids - and baby gets iron that way - so there is never really a need for iron supplements in a breastfed baby - unless the baby is tested and a genuine problem is found by the doctor.
There is research that giving iron supplements causes fussiness in babies and affects their sleep as they suffer from constipation.

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