After receiving iron therapy, the pediatric patient is ready for discharge. Which of the following statements by the mother would indicate the need for further instruction?


•The mother needs additional teaching if she stresses the importance of intake of yellow vegetables to improve anemia. Yellow vegetables are not good sources of iron.

• Children are at high risk for iron deficiency anemia because they need more daily iron in proportion to their body weight than do adults.

•Lean meats, whole grain beads, and fish are good source of heme iron.

•Dark leafy greens, soy, beans, and lentils are good sources of non-heme iron in vegetables.

•Ascorbic acid, a type of vitamin C, increases the bioavailability of iron.

•Parents should take medications and iron supplements as prescribed.

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