Tips to prevent iron deficiency in toddlers and infants

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Up to one third of Australian infants and one in five toddlers are not getting enough iron which research suggests is a result of insufficient iron-rich foods when babies transition from breastfeeding to solids1.

The study, conducted by Deakin University, investigated food intake in 485 infants and 423 toddlers and found 32.6% of infants and 18.6% of toddlers were at risk of inadequate iron intake. The main sources of iron in infants were iron-fortified infant formula, iron-fortified infant foods and cereals with low intake of meat.