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How is iron deficiency in children treated?

When diagnosed with iron deficiency, over-the-counter iron supplements will help boost iron levels and build up iron stores in the body. The most effective way to prevent iron deficiency and anemia is through diet. Leafy green vegetables, red meat, dark poultry, eggs, and dried fruits are all good sources. If you have a newborn, you already have one of the best sources of iron: breast milk. If not breastfeeding, use iron-enriched formula.Left untreated, iron deficiency can affect a child’s growth and may lead to learning and behavioral problems.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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