In 2001 the World Health Organisation found 10-20% of children aged 1 year to be anaemic in industrialised countries.
Newborns have an average of 500mg of iron in their body but by the time our children reach adulthood they need to accumulate 10x as much!
The recommended daily allowance of iron (RDA) for children is 8 - 10mg per day. However this takes into account the poor absorbtion of iron from food sources. It is said that breast-fed babies need less because iron is absorbed three times better from breast milk.
A common time for iron depletion in babies and toddlers is between 9 - 24 months. Please pay particular attention to ensure iron-rich diets for your baby or toddler and do not delay seeking medical advice if concerned.
Drinking too much cow's milk is a common cause of iron depletion in young children because cow milk contains little iron but plenty of calcium which is believed to inhibit the absorption of iron.
Children who don't get enough iron through their diet are at risk of developing iron deficiency. Iron is well known to play a crucial role in both the physical and cognitive development during childhood. There are large areas in the brain that are saturated with iron (equal to the liver) thus indicating the importance of iron for brain development.
Spatone is suitable for children from the age of two. So whether you have toddlers or teens - by encouraging them to drink one sachet of Spatone a day you help support their development.