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Hey all.<br><br>
Just back from the 9 month WBV. Yuck. I really don't like WBVs. For one thing, their scale is way off. Lucky I have a rented Medela scale which ensures that I am firm about what his proper weight is. Anyway, we did a hemoglobin test and his hemoglobin level was 10.5. The ped thought it was a little low and suggested we start these iron drops (they start with an F and it's only iron, not other vitamins. But I don't quite remember the name).<br><br>
Harrison hates the iron-fortified cereals, so are we stuck using these drops? Anyone have any experience with this?
 

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We just added some iron rich foods to DD's solids rotation. She loves black beans, and we try to give her some deep green veggies and meats too. That's what our Ped suggested - she is crunchy like that though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hey! Do you need a prescription for these iron drops? I just read an article about a link between iron deficiency and overweight children.<br><br>
*How much does your boy weigh? I am sooo curious.*
 

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Spinach and broccoli are two of the green veggies we give her. She also LOVES green beans and peas, but I don't think either of those are high in iron.
 

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ANY leafy greens, beans, fortified grain products, blackstrap molasses (I add it to oatmeal, smoothies, or make a hot drink with it), dried apricots & raisins, nuts & seeds, tofu, tempeh...heck even potatoes and watermelon have a fair amount!<br><br>
At 9 months my boys loved (and still do love) blanched cold spinach with a few drops of soy sauce. Also homemade lentil burgers, kale sunflower burgers, vegetable bean soups, baked tofu...<br><br>
10.5 is still within "normal", just the low end of normal. I would personally skip the drops and recheck at a later date.
 

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If it was 10.5 I would probably hold off on the supplements. DDs was 11 and our ped wasn't the least bit concerned. Just do tons of iron rich foods.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">ANY leafy greens, beans, fortified grain products, blackstrap molasses (I add it to oatmeal, smoothies, or make a hot drink with it), dried apricots & raisins, nuts & seeds, tofu, tempeh...heck even potatoes and watermelon have a fair amount!<br><br>
At 9 months my boys loved (and still do love) blanched cold spinach with a few drops of soy sauce. Also homemade lentil burgers, kale sunflower burgers, vegetable bean soups, baked tofu...<br><br>
10.5 is still within "normal", just the low end of normal. I would personally skip the drops and recheck at a later date.</div>
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Thans for the suggestions! I have to avoid nuts though, as my brother is allergic to them, so there is a family history. We won't give him nuts until he is much older.<br><br>
See, I read that 10.5 was within normal range as well. Low end, but not horribly low. In fact when the nurse took it, she assumed it was fine. But then my ped said she'd like to see it a little higher. Well, OK, but let's not jump to the drops? Why did she not suggest more iron rich solids first? I'm just a little confused.
 

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Cook some food (stewed peaches, nectaries, apricots, beans, anything) in a cast iron pot. I'd skip the drops for now. I've read studies suggesting slowed growth rate when babies are given extra iron that they don't neccesarily need.
 

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I'd suggest that you keep on nursing, offer lots of iron-rich foods, and recheck the iron at the next checkup (12 months, right?) I'd consider iron drops only if the iron is REALLY low (which right now it isn't) or if dietary changes alone don't help.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hey! Do you need a prescription for these iron drops? I just read an article about a link between iron deficiency and overweight children.<br><br>
*How much does your boy weigh? I am sooo curious.*</div>
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No prescription needed for the drops. But I'd rather try food first. Tonight I let him try spinach and he had some of those iron-fortified Purely Os as a snack.<br><br>
On my scale he weighs 19 pounds, 11 ounces.
 

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The likely reason your ped recommended iron drops is becausse iron rich foods serve only to maintain iron store levels. They don't typically increase the stores, but it's my understanding that that particular measurement doesn't measure precisely the stores themselves, if that makes sense.<br><br>
Since it was on the low end, it's a possibility that your little one's iron stores have been affected. It's not a certainty, but there's no harm in giving some iron drops, provided you're comfortable with them. We were not comfortable with the traditional, nor prescription drops the ped recommended for our anemic one year old, so we started using Tri-Iron. It's concentrated but from whole foods/herbal sources and is organic I believe. It's worked great for us! We give her ~8 drops 2x a day. It doesn't cause any tummy issues and she likes the taste.<br><br>
You might also try putting iron-fortified/rich foods in food your baby does like. We found pancakes (love the Pamela brand) were great for hiding iron fortified oatmeal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Just remember that vitamin C helps with iron absorption, and calcium can hinder it.<br><br>
Good luck and hope that helps!<br><br>
(We get the Tri-Iron through amazon. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FNatrual-Mineral-Supplement-Pregnancy-Nursing%2Fdp%2FB000NTZYNQ%2Fref%3Dsr_1_3%2F104-3056183-7316713%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dhpc%26qid%3D1189184999%26sr%3D1-3" target="_blank">Here's a link</a>.)
 

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I think it is very common for mainstream pedes to rec iron/vitamin (Tri-Vi-Sol, etc.) for babies, especially BF'd babies. I went out and bought them for ds#1 and he hurled every time I came near him with the dropper. I told the doc that and he said, "Oh well, it's not that big a deal." Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: , after $10 for the drops and a bunch of ruined outfits (that stuff stains worse than playdough in a cotton diaper!!!) you tell me it's not a big deal??? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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Our one ped suggested we use those too, around 12m, but we didn't use it. Taste the drops if you already bought it-terrible. We upped our iron foods and kept nursing, but his still stayed a bit low, so I asked her if we could just use flintstones w/ iron added. I'm not a huge fan of vitamins, but he wasn't eating such a giant variety where I thought I could ensure his iron to stay up. It worked for us. The horrible thing was for about 3m I was talked into taking him to All Childrens where they could draw blood and check his iron to make sure it wasn't something else. I think that's another reason we stopped wbv's-he got petrified of dr's, but is ok now.
 

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Thanks for the link. I'm really thinking we might try the drops because I just have no idea if he is getting enough iron. He HATES that stupid iron fortified baby cereal. I tried oatmeal with breastmilk yesterday thinking he might just dislike rice cereal, but no dice. I also gave him some spinach, but you know, I keep seeing it in his diaper. It's obvious he's not digesting it well. He does feed himself those Purely-Os as a snack-type food, but he gets more of those on the floor than in his mouth.<br><br>
I told my ped I just wanted the iron drops, not all the other vitamins (like Tri-vi-sol. She said this didn't have all those other vitamins in it. It's OTC, but I forget the name. She wrote it down, I should look it up.
 

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When my ds's irons levels were 10, my ped only recommended we add in iron rich foods. This worked well, and his iron level had gone up by the next ped's visit. There are many other sources of iron besides cereals. We also now use floradix occasionally. I only give it to them because I began taking it myself and they always ask for some of mammas vitamins.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">When my ds's irons levels were 10, my ped only recommended we add in iron rich foods. This worked well, and his iron level had gone up by the next ped's visit. There are many other sources of iron besides cereals. We also now use floradix occasionally. I only give it to them because I began taking it myself and they always ask for some of mammas vitamins.</div>
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Thanks. I'm not really panicked about the 10.5 level, in fact, when I saw it I was like, oh, it's still pretty good. I mean, he hadn't really been eating any iron-rich foods (didn't really even start eating solids at all until 8 months old) and it was his 9 month visit. Maybe I'm a dummy but I felt pretty good about the number.<br><br>
What's concerning to me is how he doesn't seem to be digesting the spinach. How can he get any of the nutrients if he's pooping out spinach leaves? Also, his refusal of the cereal is annoying as he eats anythng else you offer him. I get the weirdest feeling its the breastmilk, I don't know why. Like he doesn't lie it mixed with the cereal. Maybe I'll just try mixing it with water and see if that makes a difference.<br><br>
Stupid iron.
 

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10.5=fine.<br><br>
Did they check his ferritin level? Because sometimes babies can store iron faster than they can transfer it to their red blood cells. If that were the case supplemental iron isn't going to help anyways!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">10.5=fine.<br><br>
Did they check his ferritin level? Because sometimes babies can store iron faster than they can transfer it to their red blood cells. If that were the case supplemental iron isn't going to help anyways!</div>
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No, they did not do the ferritin level. All we had done was basically a needle stick and the hemoglobin test. I wondered if I should ask about the ferritin level blood test, though.
 
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