Can low iron affect having a baby?
When iron levels are low, the red blood cells are unable to carry oxygen to the body’s tissues. Although it is normal to experience mild anemia during pregnancy due to increased blood volume, severe anemia may put you and your baby at risk of premature delivery and low birth weight.
What happens if baby doesn’t get enough iron?
Babies with an iron deficiency may be less physically active and may develop more slowly. In children, iron deficiency can affect how they do in school. Not having enough iron can lead to problems concentrating, a shorter attention span, and poor academic performance. Low iron levels can make you feel tired and weak.
What are the symptoms of iron deficiency in babies?
What are the symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia in a child?
- Pale skin.
- Irritability or fussiness.
- Lack of energy or tiring easily (fatigue)
- Fast heart beat.
- Sore or swollen tongue.
- Enlarged spleen.
- Wanting to eat odd substances, such as dirt or ice (also called pica)
What is the best time to take iron tablets during pregnancy?
Try to take the pills on an empty stomach about 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. But you may need to take iron with food to avoid an upset stomach. Do not take antacids or drink milk or caffeine drinks (such as coffee, tea, or cola) at the same time or within 2 hours of the time that you take your iron.
How long does it take to get iron levels up?
It may take six months to one year for your body to restock its iron stores. Your iron levels will be regularly reviewed with blood tests. If you have an underlying problem that is causing your iron deficiency, it is very important that the cause is investigated.
How can I raise my iron levels quickly?
Choose iron-rich foods
- Red meat, pork and poultry.
- Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach.
- Dried fruit, such as raisins and apricots.
- Iron-fortified cereals, breads and pastas.
Do babies get iron from breast milk?
Most newborns have sufficient iron stored in their bodies for about the first 6 months of life depending on gestational age, maternal iron status, and timing of umbilical cord clamping. By age 6 months, however, infants require an external source of iron apart from breast milk.
Do 1 year olds need iron supplements?
Breastfeeding moms should talk to their baby’s health care providers about iron supplements beginning at age 4 months if they take iron supplements during this time. Babies ages 7 months to 12 months should get much more — 11 milligrams a day. Toddlers ages 1 to 3 years need 7 milligrams a day.
How can I raise my child’s iron level?
Include lean red meat three to four times a week. Offer meat alternatives such as dried beans, lentils, chickpeas, canned beans, poultry, fish, eggs and small amounts of nuts and nut pastes. These are important sources of iron in your child’s daily diet.