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Old 07-09-2013, 10:49 AM   #1
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alternative to infant polyvisol multivitamin

My pediatrcian specialist recommended my 9 month old take a multivitamin wiht iron since he's slightly anemic...anyone have success with dietary changes instead of giving the pharmacudical stuff/crap?


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Old 07-09-2013, 11:25 AM   #2
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Re: alternative to infant polyvisol multivitamin

Wheat and grain foods bind with iron and prevent absorbtion of iron during digestion. So firstly, I would avoid feeding babe grain foods.
Vitamin C (citrus, tomato, many other red/orange/yellow produce foods) along with meals helps with iron absorbtion.

Stick with foods high in heme-iron as much as possible. That means animal sources. Children have difficulty assimilating non-heme iron into iron that is usable by the body.

At 9 months baby is old enough to have egg yolk (whites should wait a few more months). Egg yolk is one of the first foods I feed my kiddos. Cook eggs over easy and spoon feed the yolks. Hard boil and mush with breastmilk or formula. Separate the yolks from the whites and add to tomato sauce (or other) while it warms. Use spagetti squash or other veggies instead of noodles. Children absorb nutrients from veggies better when they are well cooked and saturated fat is present.

You can also feed a 9 month old any and all meats. Either grind/mash them very small or do the baby bird thing and pre-chew them for baby. Pre chewing adds bonus enzymes that will help baby digest the meats.

Remember to introduce new foods one at a time to be able to identify any new foods that cause baby issues.

The combination of yellow dock and dandelion root tinctures are said to be great (and non-constipating) for raising iron levels.

Also, iron levels dip during and after any illness. If your child was ill near the time he was tested, it could affect the results.
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Anemia affects brain development. It makes there not be as much oxygen in the blood. I'd add iron rich foods to the diet, but also do the drops. I've been anemic most of my life and when you are low you feel tired and low energy. It takes a while to come back up--not something 2 weeks of drops will generally fix.

This article from the Journal for Nutrition explains it more fully.
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Re: alternative to infant polyvisol multivitamin

With DS at that age, he was just barely in the low category, I added a few iron rich foods, and cooked things like eggs on cast iron. Not sure if that was all it took, but when retested he was right on target.
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