Reduce iron deficiency in children aged 1 to 2 years — NWS‑16

Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
6.3 percent (2015-16)

2.1 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

6.3 percent of children aged 1 to 2 years had iron deficiency in 2015-16

Reduce iron deficiency among children aged 1 to 2 years

Target-Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance


Young children who don’t get enough iron are at higher risk for developmental problems. Giving young children supplements or iron-rich foods — and adding iron to more foods in general — can help reduce iron deficiency.