Iron supplements recommended for babies

October 20, 2010 3:05:15 AM PDT
There are new guidelines to make sure infants and children get enough iron in their diet.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says iron deficiency remains common in the U.S. and can have devastating effect on children's cognitive and behavioral development.

The academy recommends giving iron supplements for breastfed babies starting at 4 months.

Babies eating food between the ages of 6 months and 1 year should be given red meat and iron-rich vegetables.

The guidelines are in the November issue of "Pediatrics."


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