Iron Diet for Baby | Low Hemoglobin Level Diet for Child

Question: What are the iron sources for 11 month old baby? His HB is 6.40 and Iron is 8.

Answer:

A deficiency of haemoglobin results in a condition known as anemia.
Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia. But other possible causes are – a deficiency of vitamin B12 and folic acid.

Diet Remedy for Infant Low Hemoglobin:

  • Increase the consumption of foods that are a good source of iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid. This is the first consideration.
  • Green leafy vegetables are the best choice. They are packed with iron, folic acid, and are rich in fat soluble chlorophyll, which is very similar to haemoglobin.
    Good sources – spinach, fenugreek, broccoli, and all vegetable greens. Make a soup or juice of the greens, so that it is easier to feed the baby.
  • Brewer’s yeast is a wonderful source of iron.
  • Step up the baby’s intake of raisins, almonds, beet, tomato, and carrot.
  • Vitamin C when taken along with foods that are rich in iron is known to enhance the absorption of dietary iron. Foods rich in vitamin C are – lime, goose berries, orange, and sweet lime.
  • Ferrum phos, a homoeopathic medicine works effectively on the baby’s constitution. It promotes the production of red blood cells and haemoglobin, improving cellular oxygenation.

4 Comments

  1. IL said:

    My baby is 9 months old and has haemoglobin of 9.5. What food can I give to my baby to improve his haemoglobin?

    June 28, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      Babies need iron for their growth. The iron requirement of a baby generally is met for first six months from breastfeeding. After six months babies require solid and semisolid food. Mashed vegetables are good source of iron. Baby cereal with added iron, mashed eggs and egg yolk, peanut butter, green leafy vegetables are good source of iron.

      June 28, 2013
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  2. Prabhakar said:

    My baby boy is 20 month old. His hemoglobin is 6.4. Doctor said that he requires blood transfusion. How to increase his hemoglobin? Is it possible to increase his hemoglobin with medicine and healthy diet?

    July 12, 2018
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    • PUP said:

      Hemoglobin is a molecule that contains iron in the red blood cells. It carries oxygen and delivers it to each and every cell of the body. The normal hemoglobin value from age of 1 year till 12 years is 11g/dl and more. Low hemoglobin can be because the amount of red blood cell is low or the red blood cells have insufficient hemoglobin. Iron is essential for formation of hemoglobin and thus transportation of oxygen. Lack of iron can affect overall growth of the child. A growing baby is at greater risk of suffering from iron deficiency because sometimes their diet may not provide enough iron that suffices increased need during growing years. This will eventually lead to iron deficiency anemia. Your child must have started eating solid food by now. Encourage him to eat foods high in iron such as dark green vegetables, beet root, carrot, poultry, iron fortified cereals. Give him vegetable juice daily. Also let him eat fruits. Fruit contain vitamin C. Vitamin C is useful for absorption of iron from the intestine. You can ask your doctor to prescribe iron supplement.

      July 25, 2018
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