Iron is an important element in our body which helps with carrying oxygen in the blood, cell metabolism, and providing energy. Iron deficiency in children may lead to anemia, inability to think well, as well as an increased chance of infections.
Parents of young vegetarian or vegan should pay special attention to children's iron intake. If your child doesn't eat any fish, eggs and dairy foods, be sure to provide good food sources of iron. Unfortunately, plant sources of iron are not as well absorbed as animal sources, so care must be taken to emphasize rich sources of plant-base iron.
Plant-base iron foods are:
Combination of these foods with good sources of vitamins C like orange juice, grapefruit and tomatoes will increase iron absorption.
The Food and Nutrition Board at the Institute of Medicine recommends the following daily iron requirements for kids and young adults: