Iodine deficiency in babies and children

Yesterday my mother found 2 articles in both the Melbourne and Sydney newspapers discussing ‘Iodine Deficiency in Australia’. The issue is very serious, especially for babies and children. A couple of years ago (after a call from my mother) we switched to iodised salt at home to increase our intake of iodine. Iodised rock salt is available from the supermarket.

Please see the link below from better health that explains the issue in detail.

http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Iodine_explained

‘Iodine is important for hormone development. It is found in dairy products, seafood, kelp, eggs, bread, some vegetables and iodised salt. A lack of dietary iodine can cause an enlarged thyroid gland (goitre) or other iodine deficiency disorders including mental retardation in children. Pregnant women need higher levels of iodine.’ Better Health

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