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Iron deficiency for babies what is its effect?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 32 years experience
See below:: Iron is necessary to make red blood cells, as well as for normal growth and development. Iron deficiency in infancy may be associated with developmental delays or behavioral problems.A full-term infant born from a healthy mother will have enough iron to support growth and development until four to six months of age. After that, iron needs to be absorbed through the diet.
Dr. Martin Fried
Nutrition 37 years experience
Anemia: Iron deficiency is a concern because Iron deficiency can delay normal infant motor function (normal activity and movement) or mental function (normal thinking and processing skills)

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A 25-year-old member asked:

Describe the features of iron deficiency in a baby.?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Variable Sx: Babies are born with a pool of iron in their body & hemaglobin that they begin growing out of as the double/triple their weight.Deficiency leads to gradual drop in blood oxygen carrying capacity and associated decreased aleartness, activity and growth. Subtile drop in infant development (iq) has been noted with small deficiencies.Greater deficiencies can place baby in heart falure from anemia.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Are babies with an iron deficiency more prone to sickness?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Iron deficiency by : Itself is a sickness albeit readily treatable with supplements.

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