Study: Iron factor in babies' emotional growth

May 23, 2008 2:57:21 PM PDT
Iron deficiency during the first year of life may hinder babies' emotional growth. Researchers from the University of Michigan accessed the emotional behavior of 77 babies.

What they found is that babies who lack iron at 12 months of age were shy and less likely to be interested in their surroundings.

Researchers say that if the findings of this small study are confirmed, babies may need to undergo more intense blood screenings.

The finding does add to growing evidence associating early iron deficiency with poor social and emotional development.

There's more on this research in the Journal of Pediatrics.


Load Comments