Testing for Iron and Zinc

How do I go about getting my son's zinc and iron levels tested?
The Experts | posted by Sandy Newmark, M.D.
A small pile of soybeans. Soybeans are rich in iron, and are good for kids with ADHD.

Checking your child's levels of zinc and iron is easy. Ask your doctor to order a zinc level and a serum ferritin (iron) test. Several research studies have shown that correcting an iron or a zinc deficiency can improve ADHD symptoms. I usually recommend using supplements, but you can also increase his consumption of iron- and zinc-rich foods. Foods high in iron include chicken, beef, fish, soybeans, seeds, cereal fortified with iron, and blackstrap molasses. Foods rich in zinc include oysters, meats, beans, and some fortified cereals. I also test a child's vitamin D levels, since many children are deficient in this key vitamin.

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