Children tend to have a higher risk of developing iron deficiency anemia because they are growing quickly. They may also drink a lot of milk, which can interfere with iron absorption. Don't give iron supplements to your child without first checking with your doctor to make sure your child needs them, however, as there is a risk of iron toxicity if children get too much iron. Gummy versions of these supplements may make it easier to get your child to take the supplement, but these may be hard to find and have some potential drawbacks.
Gummy Vitamins With Iron
There aren't many gummy versions of standalone iron supplements. Also, most gummy multivitamins don't contain iron and contain less of other nutrients than chewable or liquid versions of children's vitamins. If you look at vitamin specialty stores or online retailers, however, there are a few options available. There are a couple downsides to these types of vitamins. First, they look more like candy, so you have to store them carefully so your children don't eat them like candy and get an overdose of iron. Second, there are some concerns that gummy vitamins might increase tooth decay because they are so sticky, according to a September 2007 article published on the USA Today website. Gummy supplements are at least as well absorbed as other forms of supplements, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Iron Supplement Forms
If your child is diagnosed with an iron deficiency, the treatment is iron supplements. These don't have to be in gummy form, however. Other alternatives include chewable iron supplements and liquid iron supplements. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using iron-rich foods to prevent iron deficiency in children, including iron-fortified cereals, meat, shellfish, beans and iron-rich vegetables.
The academy suggests types of supplements for young children who don't get enough iron from their diets: Children under 1 year of age who need extra iron should be given liquid supplements. Youngsters between 1 and 3 years may be given liquid iron supplements. * Older toddlers and 3-year-olds may take chewable multivitamins with iron -- if they can eat them without posing a choking risk.