Iron supplements may prevent behavior issues in underweight babies

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December 10, 2012 9:54:30 AM PST
Iron supplements may prevent behavioral problems in babies who are born just a little underweight.

Doctors already give iron to babies born early or very small. A new study from Sweden suggests iron should also be given to babies born just a little shy of normal weight.

The researchers compared smaller babies who got iron to others who got a placebo.

After 3 and a half years, parents of the babies on a placebo reported more behavior problems.

The study is published in the journal Pediatrics.