Thursday, March 6, 2014

Iron supplements for a toddler

I know I have mentioned it before, but at Fynn's 12 month check up, her iron levels came back low. You can read the whole story here. Anyway, after 6 months of trying to get her iron levels up through food, we found out at her 18 month check up that she still has low iron. I'm honestly not surprised because in those same 6 months she went from eating any and every thing we handed her to refusing to eat anything that's not snack food and milk.

Since we couldn't get her levels up naturally, we agreed to do iron supplements. I hate it, because I don't want to give her something like that, but I read all kinds of scary things about anemia's affect on a developing child. While I know her levels aren't THAT low, they're still low enough to be concerning.

We started the supplements, and for about a week it went okay. Were supposed to give her 5 ml a day, which doesn't sound like much until you're trying to sneak the foul-tasting liquid into juice and smoothies to mask the taste. We've been lucky to get 1-2 ml into her. She just refuses, and I honestly can't blame her.

Obviously this cup didn't have
 the iron supplement in it
Yesterday I called the doctor to see if there's something else we can do. Some other supplement that will go down better or a trick to making the taste a little more palatable. I was told that the clinician would call us by the end of the day with some ideas. When the woman called back three hours later, all perky and full of wisdom, her big idea was to try mixing it with orange juice.

Uh... thanks genius, we tried that week 1. So I took a deep breath and explained that we had already tried that, and she won't take it. Her response? "Oh, uh... that's that only idea the doctor and I had. I guess I'll talk to him again and see if we can come up with some other ideas".

Really> That was your brilliant and only idea? Fynn can't be the only toddler to balk at the iron supplement. The stuff is nasty, I've tried it. Even with just a tiny bit mixed into orange juice it tastes metallicy and leaves a bitter taste on your tongue. They can't honestly tell me that other kids just suck that stuff down like it's some type of treat.

She said she was going to call me back today with some ideas... I hope this time she actually has something useful.

1 comment:

  1. I hope they have some better ideas for you! I've been low on iron for forever and just can't tolerate the nasty supplements- especially the liquid ones. Why can't they make good tasting iron, haha!

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