Young children and pregnant women are at higher risk of iron deficiency because of rapid growth and higher iron needs, wrote UTMB Drs. Sally Robinson and Keith Bly in their Keeping Kids Healthy column. “Among children, iron deficiency is seen most often between 6 months and 3 years of age because of rapid growth and inadequate intake of dietary iron. How do you prevent iron deficiency? Eat iron-rich foods. For babies, if possible, breast-feed your baby for at least 12 months, and starting at 4 to 6 months, give your baby iron-fortified cereal and/or puréed meat.”