Why do toddlers need iron?

It might surprise you to learn that a toddler needs almost as much iron per day as an adolescent male – about 9 milligrams for a toddler and 11 milligrams for an adolescent male. That’s because it enables our body to make red blood cells and haemoglobin, which carry oxygen to tissues and organs. Growing bodies need enough iron to support their developing cognitive functions as well as to provide them with the energy to move and play.

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