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Do Small Babies Need Iron?

Posted Sep 08 2010 12:00am

New research from Sweden published in the Journal Pediatrics says recommendations should change so that babies born with marginally low birth weight received iron supplements. Marginally low birth weight babies who received iron supplements up to the age of 6 months did not develop iron deficiency or anaemia, according to findings.

Researchers from Umea University and Karolinska Institute report that their findings will hopefully lead to a change in nutrition recommendations – most children with marginally low birth weights in Sweden are considered healthy and are not given iron drops, they said. The study indicates that these children should be given iron drops, to reduce the risk of developing iron deficiency and anaemia.


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