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6 Kid-Friendly Anemia Solutions

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Anemia isn't fun for the best of us, but it’s heart breaking when it affects your usually rambunctious little one. Whatever the cause of iron deficiency in your child, it’s important to have a strategy to treat it. Try tackling iron deficiency with a focus on diet, supplementation, and modification of daily eating patterns.

Let’s break down six kid-friendly anemia solutions:

1. Playful Food Opportunities

Kids often aren’t tempted by the same iron-rich foods as adults. The following foods are a few to try when you're searching for alternatives. These foods are packed with iron and are more readily accepted by children.

Red meat contains heme iron, which is easily absorbed by the body. While kids may not like a chewy steak, meatballs are often well accepted. A 3.5 oz. portion includes 2.6 mg of iron. Even better, they can be tossed with another beloved childhood food, pasta.
Hummus is tasty and can add 1.6 mg of iron per ¼ cup to your child’s diet. Serve the hummus with raw vegetables like sweet bell peppers, which are loaded with vitamin C and hence help your body absorb the iron from the hummus. 
Cream of Wheat cereal
Cream of Wheat is a childhood favourite and includes a whopping 15.6 mg of iron per 1 cup serving. The flavour is mild and easily incorporated into a child’s diet with minimal fuss. Pop some strawberries on top for added vitamin C to further enhance iron absorption. 
Eggs contain about 0.6 mg per egg, and often your child will eat more than one. When combined with whole grain toast, eggs can pack a punch and help boost the iron content of your little one’s diet.
Dried Fruit
Dried fruit offers your kids a sweet treat and has the bonus of supplementing their iron. A half-cup portion provides about 2-4 mg of iron. Consider mixing the dried fruit with nuts and iron-enriched cereal for an energy packed snack.


2. Model Good Food Behaviour

As adults we understand, but often forget, that our children model our behaviour. Make sure that you also include healthy and wholesome iron rich foods in your diet. Your little one will follow suit!


3. Bring them along to the Grocery Store

Healthy food habits start at the beginning. Bring your kids to the grocery store and give them opportunities to select produce and healthy food choices. Teach them how to read labels. If your kids have a hand in choosing the food, they will certainly understand the food better but will also be more likely be open to trying the food. 


4. Include Kids in Meal Preparation

Offering your children healthy independence and responsibility is a sure fire way to bring about wanted changes. To change how your children eat you need to include them in meal preparation. It sounds so simple, but it does work! Even toddlers can be included with a helping hand from their parents. Toddlers love to measure and mix ingredients. Your older ones on the other hand can take the reins and try and follow a simple recipe with guidance. They will love being included and will have a vested interest in trying their creation.


5. Eat with your kids

Too often parents make a separate meal for their kids. Kids who eat with their parents and are offered the same foods are more likely to practice healthy eating behaviours. They also tend to eat a wider variety of foods. Eating with your kids is such an simple way to get your kids to eat foods higher in iron. Why not try it tonight!


6. Supplementation

For those families who struggle with iron deficiency despite their best efforts, an iron supplement is an option. The Lucky Iron Fish is an excellent solution to the iron deficiency problem as it is simple to use and can be used when cooking kids their favourite foods.


What tips and tricks do you use to ensure your kids are getting enough iron?