Last updated: 9/21/2012.
For the supplemental iron needs of:
Dosage forms are appropriate to provide supplementary iron needs for infants and children. Infants who may especially require supplemental iron include infants of anemic mothers1,2, low-birth-weight infants1,3,4 and infants of mothers with poorly controlled diabetes4.
While taking iron, stools may appear darker in color. This is normal and no cause for concern. When taking iron drops, temporary discoloration of teeth or dentures may occur. The discoloration can be minimized by thorough brushing and will gradually disappear after iron therapy is completed. For infants, a small amount of baking soda or non-fluoridated tooth powder, placed on a small cloth and rubbed on the teeth once a week, will minimize this temporary discoloration.
|Drops (per mL)|
|% Daily Value (DV)|
|Elemental Iron, mg||Infants||Children
When added to 2 fl oz of infant formula or breast milk, 1 mL of Enfamil Fer-In-Sol Iron Supplement Drops increases the osmolality by +55 mOsmol/kg water5. If the resulting osmolality is higher than desired for a particular baby, an option is to add 0.5 mL of the supplement to the feeding twice per day.
Enfamil Fer-In-Sol is available as drops in 50 mL bottles.
|Item #||Description||Unit Size||Calories/
Unit (fl oz)
|Case||HCPCS Code||Reimbursement Code|
|074026||With Dropper||50 mL||N/A||N/A||12 bottles per case||N/A||0087–074002|
Usual Daily Dose
Drops: 1.0 mL or as prescribed.
Ingredients: Water, sugar, sorbitol, ferrous sulfate, citric acid, alcohol (0.2% v/v), sodium bisulfite (preservative) and natural flavors.
In case of accidental overdose, the physician, Poison Control Center or hospital emergency should be notified immediately. Patients with a known exposure of more than 40 mg ⁄ kg of elemental iron, or with severe, persistent symptoms related to iron ingestion, should be referred to a healthcare facility for medical evaluation and observation6.
Drops: The dropper is marked with 0.5 mL and 1.0 mL dose lines. To administer directly, place the dropper in the child's mouth with the tip against the inside of the cheek. A firm pressure on the dropper bulb will deliver the proper dose. A slight excess will remain in the dropper. If preferred, the drops may be slowly mixed with formula, juice, cereal or other food and fed within 1 hour.
Store at room temperature. Refrigeration is not required, but will not harm the drops.
As with all products providing iron, parents should be warned against excessive dosage. The bottle should be kept out of reach of children.