Kids irritable, not eating or sleeping well? They may be iron-deficient

Imagine how difficult it is for children who are iron-deficient to keep up with their busy little lives. Kids who are lacking in iron can display irritability, insomnia and a reduced appetite – and if your kids are lacking in iron they’re in good company, as it’s the most common nutrient deficiency in the world. Here’s how to help your kids boost their iron intake.

Just like in adults, healthy iron levels are extremely important for children, particularly as they’re growing and learning.

Dr Jonny Taitz, a Specialist General Paediatrician, says almost one third of children under two are lacking in iron. Kids who are iron-deficient can display:

  • Lethargy and irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Reduced cognitive performance
  • Reduced appetite
  • Poor resistance to infections

A cute young boy looking disappointed with the meal in front of him

“We often find that children who are fussy eaters do not consume adequate dietary iron,” says Dr Taitz. “An iron supplement can assist in improving learning and memory as well as improving behavioural and cognitive development.”


FAB IRON is an iron booster for children, which can be given from the age of two. It contains an organic iron, ferrous gluconate – which for the uninitiated, is a readily absorbable form of iron. It’s gentle on little tummies. And a major plus for kids is the taste. There’s no metallic taste, rather it has a natural fruity flavour – a blend of apple, beetroot and cherry juices.

It also contains vitamin C to help boost absorption, and B group vitamins – which are all about increasing energy levels. FAB IRON’s also preservative-free, with no artificial colours or sweeteners.

Head to FAB IRON to find out more. If you want to purchase the children’s iron supplement, it is available from pharmacies nationally.

Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Not for the treatment of medically diagnosed iron deficiency conditions.

(This is a sponsored post for FAB IRON)

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