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    Default Iron supplements?

    My LO is 7 1/2 months old. We just started solids a couple of weeks ago. So far she's had mostly "orange" soup (sweet potato, squash, carrot and onion) and chicken soup (just the broth and the carrot.)

    I have not been giving the iron or Vit D supplements that are recommended by pediatricians where I live.

    What's standard by you?

    Thanks,
    Reena
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    Default Re: Iron supplements?

    Our pediatrician said that we needed to watch DS iron intake, but never mentioned supplements for either iron or vit d.

    I chose to concentrate on making sure that my DS ate plenty of foods that are high in Iron, and also Vitamin C foods because the Vit C helps with Iron absorption.

    Some resources on iron rich foods, and also on foods with lots of vitamin c (helps with iron absorption):

    http://wholesomebabyfood.com/Iron.htm
    http://askdrsears.com/html/4/t043100.asp

    another good vitamin c food is watermelon

    When they checked DS at his 12 mo checkup his hemoglobin levels were fine.

    As for Vitamin D - we get something like 350 days of sunshine here and DS outside for a little bit most days. So our pediatrician has never suggested Vit D supplements.
    Lynn
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    Yeah, I was curious what US peds were saying. The whole Vit D thing seems silly to me since I live in a sunny place and despite my best attempts at protecting the baby, she still gets sun. I guess it depends on your lifestyle, but as BW parents who go for walks, I don't see how she can be low on that.

    About the iron: I know she got all her placenta blood and it just seems counterintuitive that she should need any supplements if she's nursing, KWIM? Now that she's a bit older, I guess it's an option, but I'd rather not give her something if she doesn't need it.

    On the other hand, I take folic acid and calcium for myself (and future embryos) but somehow it doesn't feel the same.

    I'll go check your links.

    Thanks,
    Reena
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    Sarah's daughter z"l - Rich's wife b"l - Sarit's (27 March 2007) mother am"v
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    More info about Iron:
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/iron.html

    The American Academy of Pediatrics acutally does recommend Vitamin D supplementation:

    http://aappolicy.aappublications.org...rics;111/4/908

    Rickets in infants attributable to inadequate vitamin D intake and decreased exposure to sunlight continues to be reported in the United States. It is recommended that all infants, including those who are exclusively breastfed, have a minimum intake of 200 IU of vitamin D per day beginning during the first 2 months of life. In addition, it is recommended that an intake of 200 IU of vitamin D per day be continued throughout childhood and adolescence, because adequate sunlight exposure is not easily determined for a given individual. These new vitamin D intake guidelines for healthy infants and children are based on the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences.
    Kellymom.com on Vitamin D

    Given the sunlight we get here - I'm happy to go with my pediatrician not recommending Vit D. If I lived somewhere where it was dark / cloudy most of the winter I'd probably consider Vit D supplements.
    Lynn
    DS1: bf 7/2006 -> 4/2009; multiple food allergies
    DS2: bf 9/2009 -> ???
    ; multiple food allergies
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    Bumping this for the other person who just asked about iron.

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    Ok, I'm freaking out now. I haven't given any Vit. D to Laith so far. (nor iron) He goes out a little every day near sunset. What are the signs of early rickets?
    Andrea - mama to Laith 02.20.07 and Sommer 01.21.11
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    Andrea, I don't think you have to worry--rickets, as I understand it, is pretty rare. If he's exposed to sunshine I would figure he's probably ok.

    We give a vitamin supplement, but without iron. I try to give him foods that are a good source of iron, although honestly sometimes not much food actually goes in (though it is certainly spread around; the floor and high chair are definitely not iron-deficient ). I am unable to take iron supplements of any kind, so I am really hesitant about giving him anything like that. He gets some sunshine, so I think he's ok as far as the vitamin D, but it's included in the vitamin he gets too.

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    Rickets

    Also called: Rachitis

    Rickets causes soft, weak bones in children. It usually occurs when they do not get enough vitamin D, which helps growing bones absorb important nutrients. Vitamin D comes from sunlight and food. Your skin produces vitamin D in response to the sun's rays. Some foods also contain vitamin D, including fortified dairy products and cereals, and some kinds of fish. Your child might not get enough vitamin D if he or she

    * Has dark skin
    * Spends too little time outside
    * Has on sunscreen all the time when out of doors
    * Doesn't eat foods containing vitamin D because of lactose intolerance or a strict vegetarian diet
    * Is breastfed without receiving vitamin D supplements
    * Can't make or use vitamin D because of a medical disorder such as celiac disease

    This is from MedlinePlus. I'm not sure about the breastfed part; there are lots of people who breastfeed and don't give supplements and have absolutely no problem.

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    Default Re: Iron supplements?

    My doc told me at our last visit I had to start dd on the vitamin D supplements because we live in Alaska and it is dark alot here. I am using the enfamil vitamins that also have the iron. Does anyone know of any vitamin D supplements that don't have iron in them?

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    Default Re: Iron supplements?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mom2Tally View Post
    My doc told me at our last visit I had to start dd on the vitamin D supplements because we live in Alaska and it is dark alot here. I am using the enfamil vitamins that also have the iron. Does anyone know of any vitamin D supplements that don't have iron in them?
    Enfamil Tri-vi-Sol has no iron (it is just A, C and D vitamins). Poly-vi-sol also has a version without iron. Also some just D vitamins are available online and in Canada.

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