Iron intake falls short among Australian infants

Dr Linda Calabresi

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Dr Linda Calabresi

GP; Medical Editor, Healthed

Dr Linda Calabresi

 

Up to 90% of Australian infants, aged six to twelve months have a dietary iron intake that falls well short of recommended targets, according to findings from the Australian Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (OzFITS).

And this could have significant implications for the child’s development, says PhD candidate, Najma Moumin from the University of Adelaide’s Medical School who conducted the study.

Speaking on a recent Healthed podcast, Ms Moumin said the finding was important as the second half of infancy was the time where there was a high demand for iron.

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