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Old 07-20-2012, 12:58 PM   #1
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My 9 month old just was tested for his iron levels today at his well visit, his level was 9.8 which is lower than my pedi likes to see. He told me to start a multivitamin with iron and come back in a month to retest. Problem is I know those vitamins taste awful and he doesn't drink anything other than from the tap. He eats some solids, he's just starting table foods but he has a super sensitive gag reflex so I'm careful about what I give him. Those baby food jars with meat totally gross me out. Any suggestions for me?

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Is 9 months old enough for natural ice cream or chocolatey things? My DD was a gagger too and refused most solids until about age 2, but she always managed to get down ice cream and brownies.

Would it help if you took a supplement yourself?
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:49 PM   #3
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Re: Iron Supplements

Isn't that level just slightly below normal? If so, I would probably ask the ped if you could just make sure what little he DOES eat is iron-rich, then see what happens at the re-test in a month. (Obviously if I'm wrong and that is a pretty low level, I'd probably just hold him down to give him the supplement. Pretty quick and painless that way, and he might even like the taste of that nasty stuff!)
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I'd feed him iron rich solids. Those drops are like sucking on a nail. They are foul.
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I would probably do fortified cereal, scrambled egg yolks and spinach once a day.

My DD is 2.5yo and is just starting to like any meat. For a long time she ate no meat at all, but her iron was always fine and I never gave an iron supplement. I believe normal iron levels are 11-14 (?).

PS the smell, texture and taste of pureed meat is really repulsive to me...I wonder if my feelings and tendencies fed into her aversion to meat.
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Have you tried pre-chewing meats for him?
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If I remember correctly, Oatmeal is great for iron. If his levels are just a little low you should be fine by just feeding lots of iron rich foods. Good luck!
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Iron supplements can be really hard on the digestive system too. Although I must be in the minority with this, my 8 week old twins take their iron well, whether given straight or mixed in. Multivitamin make them puke all day though.

I agree with PPs to try iron rich foods first. If that doesn't work, then get iron alone instead of the multivitamin. The other vitamins are overkill, ime.
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I'd feed him iron rich solids. Those drops are like sucking on a nail. They are foul.
Kellymom has a great article about iron and breastfed babies, and it includes a nice list of iron-rich foods.

http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/iron/
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