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A 48-year-old female asked:

my ferritin is 9.2, hgb 11.6? and hct 35.4%...is this low enough to be classed as iron deficient anaemia?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: Both hemoglobin and ferritin are low enough to warrant a diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia. Please consult your doctor about your heavy menses and about increasing the dose of iron supplement.

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Can I take iron supplements while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Troy McGuire
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Yes: You should definitely continue to take iron supplements while breastfeeding. Breast milk has tremendous nutritional and immunologic value for infants, but the iron content may be insufficient as the infant grows. To make sure that both your baby and you have adequate iron for health blood production, you should typically continue your prenatal vitamins while lactating.
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Could iron-based formula be upsetting my baby's stomach?

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No: I think this is unlikely but commonly believed, there is less iron in formula than in breast milk for example. It is more likely to be some other issue... Such as lactose intolerance or perhaps milk allergy.
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If my baby has anemia, is it safe to give him iron supplements?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
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Yes: Not only is it safe, but it is essential. Untreated iron-deficiency anemia can lead to permanent problems with school and behavior. Iron is absolutely essential to normal human health. If a baby's iron is low and he cannot get it in his diet, he must take supplements.
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What causes anemia in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy?

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Dr. Jeffrey Gladd
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Dilution: The increase in blood vessel fluid leads to a decreased concentration of blood cells. Also, iron deficiency is common and iron is the main component of hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying component of the blood cells. Be certain to have your iron levels checked.
A 35-year-old female asked:

Hi im anemic and my doctor want me to do iron infusion and colonoscopy , why?

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Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
Need more info: I suspect that your doctor has found that you have iron deficiency anemia. This is a very straightforward diagnosis to make. The colonoscopy is helpful to make sure that you are not losing it in the bowel. If oral iron is not helping then you might need IV iron to rapidly make up for what you can't get from pills.

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