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According to studies, infants who are fed low iron formulas are 30 times more likely to develop iron-deficiency, which can lead to anemia, which can lead to problems with cognitive development. Since 1999, the AAP has called on manufacturers and parents to avoid giving low iron formulas to babies, to no avail. (Every now and then, a pale toddler at my hospital shows up so iron-deficient from improper feeding that the blood practically looks like pink lemonade, instead of a rich crimson. Rarely, these children even need emergency transfusions.)
The third lesson: The AAP recommends that any formula given to your baby should be iron-fortified. Once your child weans from breast milk and/or formula to cow's milk, ensure your toddler gets a balanced diet that's high in iron.
Most parents do a good job of nourishing their infants teaching skills for lifelong healthy eating. With these extra tips about vitamin D, folic acid, and iron, you'll be even more prepared to give kids a healthy start.
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