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    Default DD hates her Vitamin drops but needs the Iron-what are some natural sources?

    DD's (9 months) Pediatrician prescribed Vitamin drops with Iron. I haven't been feeding her rice cereal or any of the "enriched" stuff in a box. The drops are absolutely FOUL though and she hates them. I tasted them and it was like licking the bottom of an old rusty iron kettle. The poor child starts crying the moment she sees me with the dropper. I would love to not give them to her, but am worried about anemia. I could use some suggestions for other sources of Iron for DD and how much of it I should give her. I give her kale and spinach in her vegetable soup. What else and how much could I give her?

    Thanks for your suggestions !

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    Default Re: DD hates her Vitamin drops but needs the Iron-what are some natural sources?

    My dd absolutely refuses the vitamin drops, too. They are nasty - I wouldn't take them either
    My dd still lives mostly on breatsmilk at 14 months - refuses to eat much of anything, unfortunately. I was somewhat concerned about anemia, but it can be tested for easily. It's a simple pin-prick at the doctor's office and they measure total hemoglobin. So, concerns about anemia can be easily alleviated.

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    Default Re: DD hates her Vitamin drops but needs the Iron-what are some natural sources?

    I know some doctors recommend vitamin drops for all babies; others don't. So, it's debatable whether or not it's necessary. Like the PP said, you could have her tested if you're worried. That way if her levels are normal (which they probably are if you weren't anemic in pregnancy and she was full term), then you don't have to worry about it. This link has good info. about iron levels in breastfed babies and natural sources for iron: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/iron.html


    Jennifer

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    Default Re: DD hates her Vitamin drops but needs the Iron-what are some natural sources?

    my dd would not take them either. He lron was low, so we went to the specialist at the childrens hospital.. and you know what they told us....give her more of the iron drops.. I was so mad... no diet advice not a thing...
    I asked one of my mom friends what she did for her dd (her hubby is a natural ciropractic doctor) she said get flora dix... I got it at the health food store. It tases alot beter and she would drink it. It's kind of expensive, but she didn't spit it out either. heres some info about it
    http://www.florahealth.com/flora/hom...ucts/r4771.asp
    i forget how much we gave her but her iron went up, and that made the doctor happy.

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    Default Re: DD hates her Vitamin drops but needs the Iron-what are some natural sources?

    I'm about to run out the door to get on my commute home, but wanted to jump in here and suggest having a look over in the vegetarian baby thread. I've posted quite alot about this very thing (including recipe ideas) and what we did with our DS - starting at 9 mo - to deal with a low hemoglobin (iron) level. Things like lentils, black beans and tofu are really good iron sources and can be great finger foods and early solids/purees... The good news is that after 3 months of really sticking to these foods, DS's iron levels are totally normal! Yes, we do include a 1/4 of a crushed children's vitamin, in part to keep doc happy, but we will be trying to phase that out before the next finger-prick test to see if diet alone has done the trick.
    Have a look over there....I'll pop back on here later tonight, if I can.
    Good luck!
    Jsmom
    Last edited by jsmom; April 14th, 2006 at 05:58 PM.

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