Uncover the surprising connection: Iron deficiency and its impact on eczema
- by Lauran Morphett
Discover the Shocking Link Between Eczema and Iron Deficiency: What Every Parent Needs to Know
As parents, we know all too well the constant battle of managing our children's eczema and itchy, dry skin. We're constantly searching for new solutions and ways to soothe their skin. That's why we're excited to share a recent discovery in eczema research - the link between eczema and iron deficiency.
Yes, you read that right! Iron is an essential element in our blood, carrying oxygen throughout our body, and a lack of it can lead to various symptoms. Unfortunately, children with eczema are more susceptible to iron deficiency than those without.
That's why, at Itchy Baby Co, we believe it's our duty to arm you with the latest information and recommendations to help you manage your child's skin health. In this blog post, we'll explore the link between eczema and iron deficiency, the sources of iron, and what you can do to ensure your child is getting enough of this vital element.
We also know how frustrating it can be to deal with eczema flare-ups, so we're happy to share that our bath soaks and eczema moisturiser can help soothe the itchy, dry, and irritated skin that comes with these episodes.
So, if you're a parent looking to better understand the relationship between eczema and iron deficiency, read on! This information could be the missing piece to a healthier, happier life for your little one. From our family to yours, the Itchy Baby Co. team is here to support you every step of the way.
How do we get iron into our bodies?
As adults and babies, there are several ways to get iron into the body:
Diet: One of the best sources of iron is red meat, followed by poultry, fish, and iron-fortified cereals and bread. Other good sources of iron include eggs, beans, lentils, tofu, and dark leafy greens such as spinach.
Supplements: Iron supplements are available in various forms, including pills, liquids, and injections. They can be taken orally or given intravenously, depending on the severity of the iron deficiency.
Fortified foods: Some food products, such as certain types of bread, cereal, and infant formula, are fortified with iron.
It is important to note that iron from animal sources (heme iron) is absorbed better by the body than iron from plant sources (non-heme iron). Additionally, iron absorption can be improved by consuming iron-rich foods and foods high in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits.
It is also essential for pregnant women to have adequate iron intake, as iron is critical for fetal growth and development. In infants, iron is important for brain development, and it is recommended that they receive iron from iron-rich foods and iron-fortified formula. It is always best to consult with a doctor or a pediatrician for individualised recommendations on iron intake for babies and pregnant women.
Symptoms of iron deficiency in babies
Treatment of iron deficiency
Treatment for iron deficiency in babies typically involves increasing iron intake through diet and supplements. Some common treatment options include:
Iron-fortified formula: For babies not being breastfed, switching to an iron-fortified formula can help increase their iron intake.
Iron-rich foods: When babies start solid foods, they can be introduced to iron-rich foods, such as pureed meat, iron-fortified cereals, and dark leafy greens.
Iron supplements: If a baby's iron levels are very low, a doctor may recommend iron supplements. Iron supplements come in various forms, including drops and syrups, and are usually taken orally.
It's important to follow your doctor's recommendations and to avoid giving iron supplements without a doctor's advice, as too much iron can be toxic for babies. Additionally, iron supplements can interfere with the absorption of other important nutrients, so it's important to use them only as directed.
This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from the Itchy Baby Co. team x.
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.