Iron is a nutrient that's essential to your child's growth and development. Iron helps move oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body and helps muscles store and use oxygen. If your child's diet lacks iron, he or she might develop a condition called iron deficiency.
If a baby or child is low in iron, they can become tired, susceptible to infections and may even have difficulty learning. A baby is born with a natural supply of iron which starts to run out by around six months of age. Iron is replenished through the introduction of solids, which is why there is so much emphasis placed on giving your baby a diet rich in iron.
Excellent iron-rich first foods to offer your baby include
- Cooked and pureed meat (lamb, beef, venison, chicken & fish)
- Cooked vegetables (sweet potato, broccoli, potatoes, kale, peas, silver beet & legumes).