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IRON INFORMATION

Iron is a mineral needed to make hemoglobin.

 

Hemoglobin is the protein in our red blood cells that carries oxygen to our body.

 

Anemia occurs when your blood does not contain enough hemoglobin.

 

Anemia can affect brain and nervous system development.

 

Your child will have his or her hemoglobin measured in our office on an annual basis starting at the age of 10 months to test for anemia.

 

Anemia can be due to many causes.

 

Iron deficiency is one of the most common causes in children.

 

If iron deficiency is suspected, your pediatrician may recommend an iron supplement for your child.

 

How much iron you need depends on your age and gender.

 

Vitamin C (i.e. citrus fruits and tomatoes) helps the body absorb some types of iron.

How Much Iron Do I Need?

What Are Good Sources Of Iron?

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Group

mg Iron/Day

All children 6-12 months

11

All children 1-3 years

7

All children 4-10 years

10

Boys 11-18 years

12

Boys over 18 years

10

Girls over 11 years

15

FOOD

SERVING SIZE

 IRON (mg)

Beef

3 oz.

2.5

Chicken – white

3 oz.

0.9

Chicken – dark

3 oz.

1.1

Lamb

3 oz.

1.7

Pork

3 oz.

0.9

Turkey – white

3 oz.

1.1

Turkey – dark

3 oz.

2.0

Tuna

3 oz.

1.3

Salmon

3 oz.

0.8

Clams – raw

2 oz.

8.0

Shrimp

3 oz.

2.6

Liver – beef

3 oz.

5.6

Liver – chicken

3 oz.

9.9

Tofu

˝ cup

6.7

Navy beans

˝ cup

2.2

Chickpeas

˝ cup

2.4

Kidney beans

˝ cup

2.0

Green peas

1 cup

2.5

Lentils

˝ cup

3.3

Apricots – dried

˝ cup

3.8

Dates

10

1.0

Raisins

˝ cup

1.6

Prune juice

4 oz.

1.5

Green beans

1 cup

1.6

Spinach

˝ cup

3.2

Potato with skin

1

2.7

Bagel

1

2.5

Molasses – blackstrap

2 tablespoons

7.4

Macaroni

1 cup

2.0

Oatmeal – instant

1 cup

14.0

Wheat germ – toasted

˝ cup

5.1