Recently, I have found out my son has low Iron. (He's 20 months old.) He has been taking Iron drops to substitute the Iron he has lost and also to bring it back up to the "Normal Range". The past couple of days I have noticed his teeth are turning black, like black stains or streaks. And I know it's the Iron doing it because everytime it touches something it stains it. (Ex: If my son spills it, it stains where-ever it lands; His cups/bottles are stained.) I don't know why it is turning his teeth black but there is no way he will let me brush his teeth! He won't let me get close to his mouth or he will have a fit! My concerns are: Why is it making his teeth black && is there any advice on how to get my son to open his mouth and let me brush his teeth? (Also, I know by this age, he should be brushing his own teeth but he has been behind on EVEYTHING...long story)...
Since your son is 20 months old, I would highly recommend starting to brush his teeth. You can start by brushing your own teeth infront of him often, or even taking a doll or some animal with teeth and pretend to brush. Make it into a fun activity. Children as young as 2 years old have needed crowns and root canals. It's best to start asap.
The stains on his teeth do not mean that they are decayed or harmed. You can try using a little baking soda to clean it off.
On the question of the iron supplement...maybe you should have his iron levels checked again to make sure that the supplement is still necessary. He should be able to eat regular foods and changes in diet can make a supplement unecessary.
Well my child is anemic and i have an african doctor and they prescribed my child iron drops also and informed me that it will turn my child teeth black and anything it touches because of the chemical balance in iron. so my doctor told me to give my child the iron like this: 1tsp. iron and 1 tsp. of orange juice mixed: to stop the iron from turning my child teeth black. i've been doing this for 2years and it works still a bright white smile. and i brush my child teeth 2 times a day everyday and my child wants to do it by thier self with no help and reminds me to brush also. i hope this helps you as well as it has worked for me. good luck.......
How can I give my 2yr old daughter the iron drop if she won't take them. I've tried giving her the drops by its self, with juice, mixed in with her egg, in pancakes and no luck. What can I do to make her take it??
I had to take iron drops on my tongue when I was five or six. My poor mother had to chase me around the house and corner me to administer them. To this day, and I'm almost 60, I still remember the disgusting, metallic taste. My mom got creative. She promised me a piece of my favorite candy after the drops and she delivered it the moment the iron was on my tongue. Mom also gave me her "special" meatballs with my spaghetti--special 'cause they were "ironized". You're on the right track trying to mix the drops in food. But, try favorite foods that have a strong flavor of their own and you might need to add more flavor or sweetness to compensate for the disgusting taste of the drops. Count yourself lucky, Mom or Dad, you have not had to experience this unique iron drop experience yourself. But, I definitely empathize with your daughter and you. I was anemic back then and Mom had to get spinach and LIVER into me too. Thank goodness for her "special" meat balls :->