Posted by: CC | 2005/01/04


Question for doc, not for Purple

Hi doc, welcome back!

My daughter is 17 months, I still give her Infacare 3 which is not a formula but the follow-on growing up milk with added iron. She has this drink about once a day. Is it still necessary for her to have this follow-on milk with added iron as I recently read an article that claimed that an iron deficiency will have a negative effect on brain development before birth and for the first two years of life. My concern is that I have an iron deficiency and am worried that she might also have this deficiency although she is very healthy, energetic and active and she has an excellent varied diet. I do not give her any vitamin supplements because of her excellent diet but do you think that a vitamin or iron supplement is necessary?

Expert's Reply



If she has a healthy varied diet, then no additional supplementation is necessary at this age and you may give ordinary cow's milk. It is good idea to deworm children every 6-12months after 2 yrs of age (in areas with a high worm load in the environment) to prevent iron deficiency.

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