Anemia in vegetarian kids

One of my kids has anemia – and hates to eat any kind of beef or meat. I try to give egg, but when I looked at the list of vegetables, iron rich veggies have so much less iron than meat. I was disappointed. Luckily I can feed brocolli and banana. (specially after Monika’s post that I enjoyed). Salad they will eat but spinach and chard I mix in pasta.

This started off when I was nursing and not using formula, and I gave supoplements for a while. But I dont want to keep on giving supplements. What kind of a habit is that for small kids?

Any one has any suggestions or recipes? Also, does anyone give any milk supplements (like pediasure)?

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8 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Try the cereal – fortified cereal. some of them have upto 25% of daily iron intake. Then if you give ONLY whole grains you will get a substantial portion of the daily iron. Beans are also iron rich.

  2. Belinda

    Hmmm. What happened to good old spinach? I love it in spinach soups.

  3. Khushi Mommy

    I think the fortified cereal is a good idea. Beyond that, I have heard legumes and beans have good iron, as do brocoli

  4. Anonymous

    dont worry too much about the supplements. I give them to my kids, and it helped them get rid of their anemia. One more thing – when it reaches the correct level you can stop them

  5. Anonymous

    Here’s a suggested meal plan –

    1. One helping of beans a day atleast 3 days a week

    2. Substitute all your carb intake with whole wheat breads/ whole rice – if you make naans/chapatis at home, add a little gram flour to your regular whole wheat flour. Your naans/chapatis will be coarser but are a great source of protein. If you eat rice, substitute white rice with brown rice

    3. 1 helping of nuts like almonds, peanuts every day – if your baby is small, you can blend almonds and keep – then soak a spoonful every night so it becomes soft. Mix it in the morning with honey and give it to the baby.

    4. Spinach soup 3 times a day

    I am taking prenatal vitamins currently and I HATE THEM. My body constitution is designed to absorb vitamins, minerals from natural sources and it is simply not efficient at taking stuff as supplements – it rejects a lot of the stuff and I feel nauseous, bloated all the time..so I guess the more we can do with natural food rather than supplements, the better!

  6. Dora

    Thank you Anonymous, that sounds like a great plan. specially the peanuts tip. Thank you for taking the time and writing this up. I will let you know on how it goes.

  7. zeenia

    Both of my daughters are vegetarian from birth.I was very concerned about her vitamin shortage. Luckily in U.S there are so many options for vegetarians. Try fruit smoothies with Nutritional yeast. It has pretty much all the Vitamins and Mineral and is loaded with B-12 .

  8. freewilly

    DORA, IT SEEMS U R REALLY WORRIED ABOUT YOUR KID BEING ANEMIC.TRY TO GO NATURAL AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, GIVE YOUR KID AN APPLE A DAY , AS APPLES ARE VERY RICH IN IRON.TAKE YOUR KID VEGETABLE AND FRUIT SHOPPING AND ASK HIM/HER TO CHOOSE THE VEGE OR FRUIT THEY WANT FOR D DAY,GIVE THE KID 2-3 HELPINGS OF MILK AND 2-3 HELPINGS OF FRUIYS .I AM SURE U WILL DEFINITELY SEE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN A FEW WEEKS.

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