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Can Calcium, Iron And Zinc Supplements Be Given Together?

Hi, I have 1 yr old baby girl, been giving Calcium supplements (Calcarea Phos.) to her. Recently doc advised to give Iron also as she is Anaemic. Yesterday she had loose motions, doc advised to give Zinc suspension for 2 weeks . Please advice can i give Calcium, Iron and Zinc all together. or should i stop giving Iron till Zinc suspension is over.
Tue, 12 May 2020
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Hello,

You can give those vitamins all together. In fact, trying to increase those in her food would be best. Is she not drinking milk? That's the easiest way to get Calcium in. Also, if she needs calcium she probably also needs vitamin D. Milk is the easiest solution to that (or yogurt, ice cream, cheese). Will she take mushed up prunes for iron? Lentils and nuts are good for zinc (if she doesn't have allergies). Sometimes it's so hard to get a 1 year old to eat a variety of healthy foods, isn't it?

Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Lisa Baker, Pediatrician
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Can Calcium, Iron And Zinc Supplements Be Given Together?

Hello, You can give those vitamins all together. In fact, trying to increase those in her food would be best. Is she not drinking milk? That s the easiest way to get Calcium in. Also, if she needs calcium she probably also needs vitamin D. Milk is the easiest solution to that (or yogurt, ice cream, cheese). Will she take mushed up prunes for iron? Lentils and nuts are good for zinc (if she doesn t have allergies). Sometimes it s so hard to get a 1 year old to eat a variety of healthy foods, isn t it? Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Lisa Baker, Pediatrician