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How do I know if my 9 month old baby is ingesting the right amount of iodine?


Q. Dr. Pivonka, please advise how much iodine a 9-month old baby needs and what would be good sources, as he is getting very little breastmilk and about 60 mcg from daily formula intake. Are either kelp or cod fish safe to introduce into his solids diet? Thank you.


A. The average recommended amount of iodine for an infant 7 to 12 months old is 130 mcg.  Iodine is available in breast milk, infant formula, and food sources.  I recommend you consult your pediatrician to assess your baby’s fluid and food intake and adequacy of nutrient intake to include iodine.



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