How to supplement iron in the early stage of baby food supplement?

How to supplement iron in the early stage of baby food supplement?

Aug 28, 2021XieYifang

Generally speaking, a 6-month-old baby can try to add supplementary food to the baby if the lingering response disappears. Many parents don't know enough about it. In the early stage of complementary food, babies are actually prone to iron deficiency anemia due to insufficient iron intake.

In fact, this situation can be effectively avoided by appropriately using complementary foods and adding small coup tricks.

Baby's first complementary food should be rich in iron

It is generally recommended for babies to choose fortified iron rice noodles/meat as a supplementary food in the early stage.

The "Chinese Resident Dietary Guidelines" recommends that when babies just add complementary foods, priority should be given to iron-fortified baby rice noodles, meat puree and other iron-rich mash-like foods. If your baby is about 6 months old, if you do not pay attention to increasing the intake of iron in the complementary food, it is likely to cause iron deficiency anemia in your baby.

Add red meat to the food supplement

Red meat is rich in hemoglobin and iron, which is very suitable for iron supplementation for babies. But it should be noted that in the initial stage of adding supplementary food to the baby, the meat must be mashed. Generally, pork or beef can be selected as ingredients.

The baby's chewing ability is not perfect at the early stage of the food supplement. Generally, it is recommended to mash the meat into a puree or make small meatballs to improve the taste and make the baby fall in love with the iron supplementary food.

Fruits and vegetables can promote iron absorption

In addition to iron supplementation, parents should also pay attention that some foods rich in vitamin C, such as fruits and vegetables, can also promote the absorption of iron by the baby.

Darker-colored fruits and vegetables have higher vitamin content, such as tomatoes, kiwi, strawberries, red grapefruit, etc. These can be made into fruit puree for babies to eat.

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