Iron Supplements for Kids

Iron Supplements for Kids

Iron is a mineral that is in all living things such as plants, animals and of course humans. It is a vital component of hemoglobin which is the part of red blood cells that carry oxygen from the lungs to the body. Iron provides hemoglobin the ability to bind oxygen and carry it from the lungs to other organs. Apart from being an essential part of red blood cell formation it is also involved in children’s proper physiological functions and growth.

Iron Deficiency Anemia Symptoms

Symptoms of iron deficiency anemia include but are not limited to the following:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Pale skin
  • Chest pain, fast heartbeat, or shortness of breath
  • Headache, dizziness, or lightheadedness
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Inflammation or soreness of your tongue
  • Brittle nails
  • Unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances, such as ice, dirt, or starch
  • Poor appetite, especially in infants and children with iron deficiency anemia

Iron Deficiency in Infants and Young Children 

Infants—especially those born preterm or with low birthweight or whose mothers have iron deficiency—are at risk of iron deficiency because of their high iron requirements due to their rapid growth. Full-term infants usually have sufficient iron stores and need little if any iron from external sources until they are 4 to 6 months old. However, full-term infants have a risk of becoming iron deficient at 6 to 9 months unless they obtain adequate amounts of solid foods that are rich in bioavailable iron or iron-fortified formula.

What are the benefits of taking iron supplements?

  • Possible improved learning and behavior*
  • Maintaining a good red blood cell count to prevent anemia caused by iron-deficiency. *
  • Helps with production of hemoglobin and myoglobin. *
  • Enzymatic *
  • May improve growth. *
  • Needed for oxygen transport. *
  • May improve energy level. *

Once your child starts to eat foods, it is important to give foods with iron to meet nutritional needs. All children need iron. It is important at all stages of your child’s development. 

Talk to your child’s doctor or nurse about your child’s iron needs at his or her next check-up.

What is the Best Way to Absorb Iron Supplements?

Once you have been diagnosed with low iron levels and the need for more iron in your diet then you must understand how our body absorbs iron best. Oral iron supplements are notorious for causing nausea, vomiting and constipation. Iron supplements come in a variety of the forms but regardless of iron being in the form of pills, gummies, tablets, or drinks they all cause the following symptoms when swallowed:

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Possible staining of your teeth
  • Abdominal pain and cramping

Standard iron supplements for adults contain 65 mg of elemental iron in a 325mg total tablet, which includes salts, additives, preservatives, coloring, coatings, etc. Iron supplement studies have shown overall poor absorption for all swallowed iron supplements from liquid to gummies to swallowed pills. Multiple daily dosing has become the standard of the industry to improve overall absorption which may even worsen the absorption issue. Also, with multiple dosing comes the worsening problem of side effects such as nausea and constipation that can lead to cessation of the supplement and worsening of the disease such as anemia. In a recent study in New England Journal of Medicine, study participants were given standard swallowed high dose iron tablets two to three times a day, but the results of their blood studies showed only absorptions of 22.6 to 23.6mg per day compared to the approximately 1000mg of total tablets that were swallowed. Children need 5- 15mg of iron to grow depending on age, sex, and menstruation. This could cause severe constipation when standard iron supplements are utilized.

Intravenous iron is still a superior alternative due to less side effects and improved absorption. However, due to insurance push back doctors no longer can order such therapies with ease even in cancer patients. The unfortunate reality is that due to increasing cost of medicine the cost of intravenous Iron supplementation even in the most appropriate patients has become prohibitive.

Many in the medical community believe that under the tongue absorption is possibly a more efficient method of absorption allowing similar if not better absorption than the current practice of multiple daily dosing of oral irons. Future medical trials and studies comparing iron supplementation under the tongue vs. oral swallowed iron supplements and even intravenous iron therapy should shed light in the advantages of under the tongue absorption. The cost effectiveness of under the tongue iron supplements should clear a new alternative for many needy children who have intestinal malabsorption or intestinal side effects from oral iron and who are unable to get alternative therapies due to financial constraints.

Frunutta Dissolvable Iron Supplement for Kids

About the product:

  • Dissolve, disperse and absorbs quickly and effectively under the tongue
  • Micro Quick Absorb Instant Dissolve Tablets that dissolve effortlessly in seconds
  • NO dyes, GMOs, and gluten free, ZERO unnatural fillers
  • Provides higher ratio of nutritional ingredients with fewer inactive binders and fillers
  • Manufactured in the USA from mostly domestic and some imported ingredients
  • Produced in an NSF certified facility in Los Angeles, CA

Unlike pills, where the active ingredients must pass through the intestinal tract, Frunutta instant dissolve (Dissolvable) Iron Supplement for Kids will rapidly dissolve under your child’s tongue, and directly diffuse into the bloodstream, providing their body with the needed iron.

Directions: As a dietary supplement, for children 1 through 3 years of age dissolve one Micro Quick Absorb® tablet in food or use as directed by your child’s primary healthcare provider.

For adults and children 4 or more years of age dissolve one Micro Quick Absorb® tablet under the tongue daily and adjust dosing based on your healthcare provider’s recommendations and/or your child’s routine blood results.

How Much Iron Do Kids Need?

Daily Values are comprised of two sets of reference values for reporting nutrients in nutrition labels, “The Daily Reference Values (DRVs)” and “the Reference Daily Intakes (RDIs).” To limit consumer confusion, the single term “Daily Value” is used to designate both the DRVs and RDIs. The DVs are used to calculate the % Daily Values that consumers see on the Nutrition and Supplement Facts labels. The % Daily Value helps consumers understand how the amount of a nutrient that is present in a serving of a food fits into their total daily diet, and allows them to compare the nutritional value of food products. Hence all supplements including Iron must provide consumers with Percent Daily Value (DV).

According to the FDA, DV for Iron for Infants through 12 months of age is 11 mg, for Children 1 through 3 years is 7 mg, and for Adults and Children above 4 years of age is 18 mg.

Top reasons for Frunutta Iron 5mg popularity are:

  • the ease by which it is taken and the avoidance of common oral iron pills side effects such as constipation, nausea, and vomiting.
  • the absence of unpronounceable additives, preservatives, dyes, and sugars that are not good for you but are bad for you at elevated levels especially in a small child.
  • to balance between daily intake of Iron from food with Iron supplements

Warning: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under six. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

Summary

Knowing what you know from the above discussion you can understand that iron products under the tongue that can bypass intestinal absorption and liver first bypass metabolism and can directly absorb into the bloodstream are far easier to tolerate than swallowed iron tablets.

Making sure your child is getting enough iron is important. Some children may need more iron than others.

Talk to your child’s doctor or nurse about iron at your child’s next check-up.

We here at Frunutta want to make your life a little easier with our Iron Under the Tongue Supplements.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

This information is only for educational purposes and is not medical advice or intended as a recommendation of any specific products. Consult your health care provider for more information. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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