Health Watch - Drinks: Baby Bottles

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about how what you drink can affect your health. Although what children drink is important, for small children, how they drink can also make a big difference in their health.

Children who aren’t weaned from a bottle soon enough are at increased risk for iron deficiency. Pediatricians at UT Southwestern Medical Center say children should be weaned from the bottle when they’re about a year old. They should start learning to use a cup at 9 or 10 months so they can get used to it. Children who stick with the bottle for too long may get too full of milk or juice so they don’t eat enough iron-rich foods.

Toddlers should drink no more than two cups of milk a day and should get plenty of iron-rich foods such as fortified cereals, spinach, meat and eggs. Iron deficiency early in life can lead to behavioral and cognitive delays that show up in poor performance at school.


May 2010

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