Iron deficiency can be a real problem for children. Lack of iron can stunt brain development, permanently lower a child's IQ and cause anemia.
But efforts to improve children's iron intake by fortifying formula and cereals hasn't wiped out iron deficiency; up to 15 percent of babies and toddlers are still iron deficient.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says food is the best source of iron for children but also recommends iron supplements for all breast-fed babies starting at 4 months.
Here are five iron-boosting foods:
■ Red meat, which has the most iron per ounce of any food, as well as pork, lamb, liver and other organ meats, and dark meat from poultry
■ Beans, including lentils, chickpeas and soybeans
■ Leafy, green vegetables like spinach and kale
■ Orange juice. OJ doesn't have iron, but consuming vitamin C at the same time as iron-rich foods increases the rate of absorption.
-- U.S. News and World Report