Iron-Rich Foods for Kids

Iron is an essential nutrient that helps in brain development and good health; it is vital for Babies and growing kids. Without enough iron, children may develop iron deficiency (anemia) which affects the immune system, growth, behavior and overall health. Read more on types of iron, symptoms of iron deficiency, good food sources of iron-rich food, quick and easy iron-rich recipes to increase the amount of iron in your kid’s diet.

What is Iron?

Iron is an essential mineral and a component of hemoglobin(Hb) which helps the red blood cells to store and carry oxygen to all cells in the body. Without enough iron red blood cells become small and pale, hence the muscles, tissues, and cells might not get the oxygen they need. This condition is called Iron deficiency which is the common cause of anemia.

Symptoms of Iron deficiency in Babies and Kids

Some of the common symptoms of iron deficiency include
  • Pale skin
  • Irritability
  • Less appetite
  • Physically less active
  • More prone to infections/cold
  • Slow weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Breathlessness