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Are babies with an iron deficiency more prone to sickness?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Iron deficiency by : Itself is a sickness albeit readily treatable with supplements.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Especially in 6-24: month-olds, iron deficiency &/or iron-deficiency anemia can cause developmental delays that may persist & impaired immune systems. Most common dietary cause is excessive milk & milk-product intake when switched to whole milk at 1 year. Maximum recommended dairy is 16-21 oz./day, with milk from open-mouth cups with meals. The AAP recommends weaning from bottle to cup as close to 1year as possible

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Iron deficiency for babies what is its effect?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
See below:: Iron is necessary to make red blood cells, as well as for normal growth and development. Iron deficiency in infancy may be associated with developmental delays or behavioral problems.A full-term infant born from a healthy mother will have enough iron to support growth and development until four to six months of age. After that, iron needs to be absorbed through the diet.

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