Masigla ba si Bunso? Why Iron is Important for Your ChildMake sure your little one has sufficient iron in his diet.SPONSORED CONTENT
When they are born, kids naturally have iron reserves in their body. But at six to 12 months, these reserves slowly get depleted, putting them at risk for iron deficiency. Without enough iron in the body, they may become matamlay or cranky, lose their appetite, look pale, and have slow weight gain. Playtime with your child won't be as fun.
Here are three reasons why iron is essential to your child's health:
1. Iron helps oxygen reach your baby's tissues and organs.
Your little one needs iron to produce hemoglobin, a component found in red blood cells that helps carry oxygen to different parts of the body. Without enough iron, his red blood cells can't carry enough oxygen to his body's organs and muscles. This can affect your child's growth and development.
2. Iron plays a big part in his brain development.
Kids with iron deficiency may be less physically active and may develop more slowly. In children, not having enough iron can lead to problems concentrating, shorter attention span, and poor academic performance.
3. Having enough iron prevents anemia.
Not having enough iron can also lead to anemia, a condition wherein red blood cells shrink and become pale.
At six months, your bunso may be ready for complementary feeding. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months and complementary feeding with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years old or beyond. Taking other types of food helps him get the right amount of iron and other important nutrients. Be sure to include iron-rich foods in your growing baby's diet, such as lean meat (beef, pork, and chicken), green leafy vegetables, and baby cereal. And don't forget to feed your little one fruits and vegetables daily, so he can grow up to be strong and healthy overall.
One kind of starter food that's nutrient-dense is the improved* CERELAC with IRON PLUS for children 6 months and up. It provides half of bulilit's daily iron needs in just one serving.** It's also filling and comes in a variety of tastes and textures—supplementing mom's overall physical, mental, and emotional care, and helping make bunso happy, masigla, and ready to interact with the world.
*versus previous formulation
**based on Philippine RDA (RENI), 2001 Edition for 6- to 12-month-old infants
***CERELAC® is a spoon-fed solid food suitable for complementary feeding. Infants six months onward should be given fresh, indigenous and natural foods, in combination with continued breastfeeding. This product is not suitable as a breast milk substitute.
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