Can Iron Supplements Cause Tummy Upsets?

Can iron supplements cause constipation in children?

Do Iron supplements = Tummy Troubles?

Every now and again, factors out of your control may lead to your child needing the added assistance of a supplement. Perhaps they've been experiencing a fussy phase, have a food sensitivity, or have been ill. So, you bundle up them up and take them off to your local health professional, and on occasion they may recommend an iron supplement.

But, then the thought pops into your head - what about tummy troubles? Don't iron supplements cause constipation?

Unfortunately, it's true that some iron supplements may cause constipation or mild tummy upsets. This may even be something you've dealt with in the past.

If your child experiences any symptoms when taking an iron supplement, you should take them back to the doctors to talk about your options. 

Tummy Tips

When your child is taking an iron supplement, there are a few things you can do that may help to minimise or relieve constipation or tummy troubles:

  • Ensure that your child drinks plenty of water 
  • Increase the fibre in their diet - lots of veggies and fruit
  • Encourage more exercise - even walking around the block might help to get everything moving 

Are there any iron supplements that May be gentle on the stomach?

Experiencing tummy upsets as a result of taking iron supplements can be unpleasant for parents and children alike. As a parent, it might feel a bit like a catch 22 - sure your child's iron levels might rise, but it might have a negative impact on their little body. Luckily, there are some iron formulations available that may have a softer touch on tummies.

Brauer Kids Liquid Iron with Vitamin B is made with Sunactive Fe® iron. 

Sunactive Fe iron is a registered international trademark of Taiyo Kakagu co. LTD in Japan. It is gentle on the stomach, which may lower the likelihood of tummy troubles.

If you would like to learn more about our Kids Liquid Iron with Vitamin B, you can find more information here

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional. Vitamins and minerals can only be of assistance if dietary intake is inadequate. Not for the treatment of iron deficiency conditions. Contains Potassium Sorbate.

Sunactive Fe® Iron is gentle on the stomach and is a registered international trademark of Taiyo Kakagu co. LTD Japan.


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