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I just got back from the WIC appointment and when they tested his iron levels, they were 10.1 He's never had probems with low iron levels before.<br><br>
On top of a ped visit last month where she was concerned about his slow weight gain and implied I was "nursing him too much and not feeding him enough 'real food'" I'm starting to doubt myself.<br><br>
Are there any factors that could explain one low reading (maybe his iron isn't really low but the test was innaccurate?)<br><br>
What can I do to bring his iron levels up naturally? I am NOT willing to give him the poly-vi-flor the ped prescribed and children's vitamins with iron make me nervous- I feel a lot safer knowing that if ds eats the entire bottle of vitamins at once it won't kill him. If I do give him an iron supplement, I'd rather it be something that tastes horrible so I know he won't OD on it!!!
 

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Some things we've done in the past to help increase iron in the diet and iron absorbance by the body:<br><br>
Use more molasses (unsulphured blackstrap); you can take it straight, mix it into hot cereals, bake with it, etc.<br><br>
Cook in cast iron cookware, esp. tomato/citrus based foods.<br><br>
Combine foods high in iron with foods high in Vit. C, since Vit. C increases the body's ability to absorb iron.<br><br>
Supplement with Floradix Iron or Floradix Iron + Herbs<br><br>
Supplement with yellow dock (find an alcohol-free tincture for your dc)<br><br>
If you eat meat, try including more free-range/organic lamb or beef in your diet.<br><br>
Eat more oatmeal, topped with molasses (oatmeal is a good source of iron)<br><br>
I know there are more things, I just can't think of them at the moment. I hope that gets you started, at least. If your dc isn't severly anemic, it's probably something you can correct with diet. You might want to have a follow-up test done in a few months just to check, though, for your peace of mind.
 

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I have to lol at the little thingie next to your name "My nursies go potty, do yours?" The answer is "No, but we're working on it!!!"<br><br>
WIC requires a re-test of his iron in 6m when we recertify, and I may ask his ped to do one sooner (just to make sure the first test was accurate!!)<br><br>
I'll see if I can work more molasses into the stuff he eats. I don't have any cast iron cookware (or money to buy any right now.) We're not vegetarians, but we don't eat much meat because it's so darn expensive (esp since we keep Kosher.) I don't know if there even ARE any sources for organic,free-range Kosher meats around me- we generally have chicken for one or two meals week and eat vegetarian the rest of the time.<br><br>
What other foods are high in iron?
 

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What's his dairy intake like? This can often be a contributing cause of anemia--something to do with a body's inability to digest milk proteins and the gut have little fissures in it leaking tiny amounts of blood that are undetectable to the eye but causing a loss of iron.
 

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Yeah, he does have a lot of cow's milk and cheese- I'm not really sure how much. Come to think of it, he had no problems with his iron levels before he started having so much milk and cheese... This leaves the question of how to increase his iron intake/absorption without causing him to lose weight in the process (the ped is already worried about his weight gain.)
 

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Lots of good info:<br><a href="http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/iron.asp" target="_blank">http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/iron.asp</a><br><a href="http://www.bcm.edu/cnrc/consumer/archives/factsanswers.html#iron" target="_blank">http://www.bcm.edu/cnrc/consumer/arc...wers.html#iron</a>
 

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Leafy greens (the darker the better), beans, and dried fruits (raisins) are good sources of iron to integrate in to your diet without being hard on you budget.
 

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As I remember from when I had to take iron supplements, calcium inhibits the absorption of iron. So he should take iron-containing foods/supplements with juice, fruit, tomato-based dishes, etc. Whatever has vit C in it, not calcium.<br><br>
Here's some more info. (I really like <a href="http://www.wholehealthmd.com" target="_blank">www.wholehealthmd.com</a>)<br><a href="http://www.wholehealthmd.com/hk/remedies/disp/1,1459,428,00.html" target="_blank">http://www.wholehealthmd.com/hk/reme...59,428,00.html</a>
 
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