Fight hayfever with your diet
a critical role in maintaining a healthy appetite so low iron could be the cause of his disinterest in food. Zinc may also be deficient in his diet, as it is found (almost) solely in oysters, beef, lamb and seeds. Low levels of zinc can alter the taste, texture and smell of food, so this can also have an affect on how much and what kinds of food your son wants to eat.
Continue to offer him foods rich in zinc and iron. Initially, try offering him foods that don’t require him to cut or chew very much. Bolognese made with beef or lamb mince is easy to eat and is rich in iron and zinc. Avoid giving your son iron rich foods at the same meal as dairy products, as calcium reduces the absorption of iron.
Supplementing iron and zinc can be critical in recovering a child’s iron status. Liquid supplements are often best for children.
His iron needs to be tested before supplementing however, and the supplemented dose needs to be prescribed by an experienced health professional.
Have hayfever? It may be helped by getting the right nutrients in your diet.
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