Health Watch - Prevention: Iron Deficiency
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Prolonged bottle feeding or exclusive breast feeding are among the risk factors for iron deficiency anemia. Dr. Jane Brotanek, a pediatrician at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says children should generally be weaned by about one year of age. Starting at about six months, breast- or bottle-feeding should be supplemented with iron-rich foods such as fortified cereals. Toddlers should drink no more than two cups a day of cow’s milk and should eat a diet including iron-rich foods such as fortified cereals and breads, eggs and spinach.
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