Today, 04:54 AM
The AAP rec's for standard protocol to check iron levels at 12 months, but their rec's also state that it is totally okay (ha! Not a direct quote!) to check earlier if there are any risk factors or concerns. I had been researching solid food introduction, etc etc, and from that, was feeling that iron is really not anything to mess around with, so asked that my baby be tested at her six month visit. It was a toe prick test, and the results are available right away. I will likely have another test done at 9 months, because she was on the low end of the normal range, and is really not enthused about solids yet. So if you are able to have your baby tested, it doesn't seem like it would hurt anything (except for baby's toe, for a brief time)-- if baby is good, you can rest assured that's not the issue. If they're low, you can either focus on iron rich foods and correct through diet (ideal, if baby will eat those foods), or do drops. But there is no need, and actual downsides, of doing iron drops if baby isn't low, because there are negative effects if the body has too much iron.