Do I need to give my baby an iron supplement?

Only Breast Feeding? If your baby is not eating solid food at 4 months of age and is breast feeding.American Academy Of Pediatrics recommend giving Iron Supplement of 11 mgm per day. Because breast milk contains little iron and your babies own iron reserves wont be sufficient to make the difference.Once the baby start eating iron rich foods then probably will not need the supplement.
No. General recommendations are to start a multivitamin with iron early. I do recommend vitamin d starting early but not iron. If mom takes her prenatal vitamins and babies begin to eat iron fortified food after 4 months, i generally do not see a need for iron supplementation. I test children at age one and if anemic, i begin iron supplementation then. Just a slightly different viewpoint.
Yes. If your baby is breast fed i recommend starting polyvisol with iron, 1 dropper per day, for the entire first year of life starting at 1 week. This covers the needs of vitamin d and iron for the breast fed baby. If your baby is formula fed on a fully iron-supplemented formula, additional iron is usually not required.
No. Babies who are breastfeeding or drinking formula do not need additional iron supplements unless advised to do so by the doctor. Healthy normal babies get their blood counts checked between ages 9 and 12 months. If test results show iron-deficiency anemia, the doctor will likely make changes in the diet and/or advise parents to give iron supplements.

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The haemogoblin result for my 9, 5months old baby is 11. Is this number satisfying or is he anemic? Should I give him additional iron drops? His pediatric advice 0, 5ml of iron drops per day but somehow I am not really sure of this iron supplement. Help.

Maybe. A hemoglobin of 11 is lower than average but still within the range of normal for a baby of 9.5 months. Your pediatrician may have additional results (low ferritin, microcytic red blood cells, etc.) suggesting a heightened risk for anemia. Babies age 9-24 months are at increased risk for anemia due to rapid growth and changes in diet. In addition to iron drops high-iron foods will help too. Read more...
Anemia and Iron. According to the World Health Organization, a hemoglobin of 11.0mg/dL or above is normal for a 9-12 month old infant. However, not all infants and toddlers with iron deficiency are anemic. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends iron supplement drops between 6-12 months of age if the infant is not yet eating iron rich complementary (solid) foods . Read more...

The haemogoblin level for My 9, 5 months old baby is 11. Is this number satisfying or is he anemic? Should I give him iron supplement? His doctor advise 0, 6ml of iron drops daily. Is it necessary? Thank you.

For a baby under 10. months, a value of 11g is quite normal and requires no intervention. if you are breast feeding be sure to continue your prenatal vitamins and iron supplements. Wean baby with infant products that are fortified with iron and maintain regular check up with the pediatrician. Take care. www.healthtap.com/dr-nnebe. Read more...
Low normal. With all tests there is a range of what might be considered normal.I look at this as being at the lower end of the normal range.The iron supplement at that age is fine in that amount and provides assurance that iron deficiency will not limit baby's growth.That said, you can get iron in many cereals, legumes and meats. Read more...

My child taking iron supplement but later hours she tend to vomit eventhough she eats?

Check withPediatrici. We need to know how old your child is and why she is taking iron supplement and what king of feeding is she on.Whether breast or formula and what other foods she is taking discuss with your babies pediatrician your concern about vomiting if it is daily and persistant. Read more...
Iron can do that. Iron can be very hard on the digestive system. Look into easier forms to digest. I know gaia herbs has one. http://www.gaiaherbs.com/products/detail/755/plantforce-liquid-iron. Read more...

Can I give probiotic to my 7yr old son along with iron supplement? Does its affect iron absorption? For how long can I give him probiotic?

Probiotic & Iron. There should be no reason that iron supplements cannot be given at the same time as probiotics. Adding Vitamin C will help iron absorption. Probiotics can be given daily in appropriate doses. Read more...
Iron absorption. I have not heard of probiotics interfering with iron absorption. Calcium will bind to iron and interfere with iron absorption, vitamin C will help iron absorption. Hope this helps. Read more...

After iron supplement course my child's iton level raised for 20.9 to 48, MCV is 75.4, pcv/hct is 33.7 and platelets are 420. ..?

Low MCV. Junior's failure to make a complete hematologic response to iron therapy suggests to me that more is going on. Consider a visit to a hematologist for full evaluation. Read more...

Can an OTC iron supplement decrease the number of ear infections in a child?

Anemic? If you are anemic it can weaken your immune system. So if you are indeed anemic, and you are on iron supplementation it will improve your immunity and help you decrease the chances for infections. Read more...

Can a child take an iron supplement (ferrous sulfate) while taking prednisone? My 1 year old was diagnosed with itp on wed. He has had 2 doses of prednisolone. About 2 weeks before this diagnosis he was slightly anemic and was given the iron supplement

Yes. Iron and Prednisolone is ok. I would be wary of starting a child on a steroid who is also anemic. While steroids can be used for itp, i would want to really, really, make sure there was not another process going on that would explain the anemia and low platelets. I would want a peds hem/onc doctor involved if they are not - at least as a phone consult from your child's doc to talk about the plan. Read more...