A supply healthy and balanced child , especially from 0 to 36 months is critical for its growth, which means that it must be varied and should contain all the necessary nutrients to the physical well-being . That said, it seems obvious that today, all mothers are sufficiently informed on how to feed their children, but perhaps it is worth noting the importance of a fundamental element that must never be lacking in the feeding of children, or the “iron”. With this guide I’m going to define better what foods and how much is just administer it.

ROLE OF IRON: The iron in addition to being a nutrient important for health in general (therefore all of us we should take the correct amount) is essential for the physical and intellectual development of children during the first months of life, when in fact the system nervous is in the growth phase. There is indeed a correlation between the assumption of iron and the development of such a system. Studies show that in children where there is a deficiency of iron , there is consequently a lower ability to concentrate and learn. So we can safely say that the iron has the particular task of stimulating important neurotransmitters of our central nervous system.


BREASTFEEDING AND ARTIFICIAL: In breastfed babies, the problem does not exist because of the iron in breast milk is the right amount of nutrient needed for the proper development of the child , whereas in children who have already left (for various reasons) that form of breastfeeding, then it should be (at least up to 36 months) to proceed with the infant formula that reproduce the effects of breast milk in small avoiding iron deficiency.

WEANING: During this period it is essential that in the feeding of the child will be 3-4 meals of meat out of a total of 14 meals per week. Therefore, it is strongly recommended a vegetarian diet in small, which could cause serious nutritional deficiency and iron deficiency anemia. It’s good to know that children need a daily intake of iron equal to 7 – 10 mg. In what foods can we find him? In foods of animal origin: beef 3 mg, 2 mg chicken meat, egg yolk 5.5 mg. And in plant foods: rice 9 mg, 4 mg oats, whole wheat bread 2 mg, 3 mg dried beans, uncooked lentils 8 mg, 2.7 mg Spinach.

ABSORPTION OF IRON : However, the real problem with the respect to its iron absorption, as it does not just eat those foods to make sure you have it mastered, but depending on the origin of the food, the iron can be absorbed from the LEAST ment in May or ‘organism. In fact, the iron content in foods made ​​from meat or fish is absorbed at 25% as opposed to the iron content in plant foods or dairy products where it is absorbed only 5%. A tip: the absorption of iron is related to the use of vitamin C, so a slice of meat with lemon juice assures the child a sufficient amount of iron in its power .