Our expert says:
I would estimate that your lassie is getting sufficient iron because she has at least 1 serving of meat or chicken or fish a day. However, I am not sure if the brand of rice milk you are using, is supplemented with calcium. Check on the label and if it is supplemented (e.g. 1 mg of calcium per ml or 100 mg of calcium per 100 ml), then because your lassie needs 800 mg of calcium a day and the soya yoghurt probably contains about 1 mg per ml, she needs to have 800 - (the amount of calcium in the soya yoghurt, say 150 mg) = 650 mg, thus she needs to ingest about 650 ml of the rice milk (if it is supplemented) per day (on her cereal, in the rooibos tea and as a drink). If necessary reduce her fruit juice intake so that she drinks more of the milk. If the rice milk is not supplemented with calcium you will have to give her a calcium supplement which will supply at least 500-600 mg a day. A child that is suffering from iron-deficiency would be listless, lethargic, tend to fall asleep all the time, get irritable because she is so tired and as you know the inside of the eyelid would be white, not nice and red and healthy. If she has these symptoms then you must take her back to the Paediatrician for additional iron supplements.
If she is only 2,5 years and already weighs 16,5 kg, then she is rather heavy as the average weight for a 3-year-old is only 13 kg! If she is very chubby then it may be a good idea to reduce the amount of fruit juice she is drinking as research shows that liquid, sweetened energy tends to cause weight gain more than solid foods. Also encourage her to be as active as possible to keep her weight in check.
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