Fight hayfever with your diet

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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.

Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to ask. dr­libby@ fair­fax media.co.nz. Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered.

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