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How can I make sure my toddler is getting enough iodine in their diet?

Hello everyone,

I am a concerned parent and I want to make sure that my toddler is getting all the nutrients that they need for healthy growth and development. I recently read about the importance of iodine in a child's diet and I am wondering how I can ensure that my toddler is getting enough iodine.

I am currently breastfeeding my toddler and I also give them a variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins. However, I am not sure if these foods are rich in iodine and if my toddler is getting enough of it.

Can anyone please suggest some iodine-rich foods that I can include in my toddler's diet? Are there any supplements that I should consider? Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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Hello everyone,

I would like to suggest adding fortified cereals to your toddler's diet as an easy and convenient way to increase their iodine intake. Many breakfast cereals are fortified with iodine, making them a simple and tasty way to ensure your child is getting enough iodine.

Fortified cereals also tend to be high in other essential vitamins and minerals, such as calcium and iron, which are also crucial for your toddler's growth and development.

Another way to ensure your toddler is getting enough iodine is to include shellfish in their diet. Shellfish such as shrimp, crab, and lobster are excellent sources of iodine and can be enjoyed in various dishes such as stir-fries, pasta dishes, or as a snack.

Lastly, I would like to stress the importance of a balanced diet for your toddler's overall health and wellbeing. Including a variety of foods in their diet, especially fruits and vegetables, is essential to ensure they get all the necessary nutrients.

I hope these suggestions are helpful to you and your family. Remember, if you have any concerns about your toddler's diet, it's always best to consult with a qualified healthcare professional.


Hi everyone,

I agree with all the suggestions mentioned above, and as a parent, I have one more tip to share. We have been using iodized table salt to flavor our toddler's food to ensure their iodine intake.

According to the American Thyroid Association, iodized salt is one of the most common sources of iodine in American diets. Table salt fortified with iodine is a simple, practical, and cost-effective way of ensuring your child is getting enough iodine in their diet.

However, it's important to note that iodized salt is high in sodium, which can be harmful to your child's health in excessive amounts. Therefore it's essential to balance the use of iodized salt in moderation.

Incorporating iodine-rich foods in your toddler's diet and using fortified iodized salt can help ensure your child is getting adequate iodine intake; however, please consult your pediatrician for advice on the recommended intake of iodine per day.

I hope this helps!


Hi all,

I want to chime in with a tip that worked well for us when we were trying to boost our toddler's iodine intake. We started to include sea vegetables such as dulse flakes, kelp, and nori into our meals. We added them in small quantities to soups, stews, and even scrambled eggs.

Apart from being a rich source of iodine, sea vegetables are also loaded with other nutrients such as calcium, iron, and vitamin K. Moreover, they introduce a new taste and texture to your toddler's meals and can make healthy eating more fun and exciting for them.

As some others have already mentioned, it's always best to check with your pediatrician before adding any new food or supplement to your toddler's diet. Additionally, the recommended daily intake of iodine varies depending on the child's age, weight, and other dietary factors. So it's important to get expert advice.

Hopefully, these tips will help you add some variety to your toddler's meals, while also ensuring they get enough iodine for healthy development.



As a parent, I understand your concern about ensuring your toddler is getting enough iodine in their diet. When my child was younger, I faced the same worry, and I found that including seaweed in our meals was an excellent source of iodine. Seaweed is known to be rich in iodine and can easily be added to soups, salads, or even as a snack.

Another tip would be to include iodized salt in your toddler's meals, but be sure to limit the amount of salt in their diet, as too much salt can be harmful to their health.

In my experience, I also found that incorporating dairy products into my child's diet was helpful in providing them with iodine. Many dairy products, such as milk and cheese, are fortified with iodine.

However, it is always best to consult with your pediatrician before introducing any new supplements to your toddler's diet. They can suggest the right amount of iodine your child needs and advise you on any dietary changes that need to be made.

I hope these tips are helpful in ensuring your toddler is getting enough iodine in their diet.


Hello there,

I completely agree with user 1 that seaweed is an excellent source of iodine and can be easily incorporated into your toddler's diet. However, I also want to highlight the importance of eggs in providing iodine to your toddler.

Eggs are an inexpensive and convenient source of iodine that can be easily prepared for breakfast or as a snack. Moreover, egg yolks contain iodine, as well as other essential nutrients that promote healthy growth in children.

Another food item that I would recommend is fish. Many types of fish, including cod, tuna, and salmon, are rich in iodine. Fish is also a great source of protein and essential fatty acids that are important for your toddler's development.

When I was concerned about my toddler's iodine intake, I consulted with my pediatrician first. They advised me to include a variety of nutritious foods in my toddler's diet and to avoid giving supplements unless it was recommended by them.

I hope these suggestions help you ensure that your toddler is getting enough iodine in their diet. Good luck!

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