A 29-year-old member asked:
Could iron-based formula be upsetting my baby's stomach?
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6.7k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Pediatrics 34 years experience
No: Iron-based formula should not upset a baby's stomach. Babies need iron, so the commercial formulas have iron in them. A baby with an upset stomach more likely has another reason for the tummy problem. Thus. The parents should talk with the doctor about the baby's symptoms.
6.5k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Pediatrics 47 years experience
No: Although this was a common belief in the past studies have shown that the iron available in formula does not trigger upsets. Much of the bad RAP likely relates to iron drops that are necessary for those infants with anemia. The high iron content occasionaly bothers those infants. Without iron, baby can't build the new blood cells needed for growing tissue.
6.5k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Mar 14, 2019
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