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iron deficiency for babies what is its effect?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 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
General Practice 36 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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How do I know if my baby has an iron deficiency?

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Blood test: Your baby can look pale, feel tired, sleep more than usual and/or have a decreased appetite. Often times, a baby won't have any symptoms and the deficiency will be picked up via screening labs.
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Where should our infant sleep when we stay in a hotel?

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Portable crib: Most hotels will have cribs available to rent, but it might make sense to invest in a portable "pack and play" type crib. Babies need to sleep on a firm surface, and should not be in the bed with you. Also, since hotels are not "babyproofed", the portable crib can also be used to help keep an older baby safe.
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Do I need to give my baby a helmet if he has a flat head?

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No: Not generally. Usually repositioning does wonders, making things of interest be on the other side of the room. Of course, make sure there isn't abnormal neck tightness, and that the flatness isn't too far gone. A pediatrician can tell if a helmet is necessary, but most don't need that. Once they sit up for awhile, starting at 4-6 months, the head returns to a normal shape.
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What the best thing to use on infant heat bumps?

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
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Leave them alone: The best thing to do is to leave them alone. Try to get rid of the offending agent, heat, over bundling; consider an office visit if baby's skin does not improve. It may be eczema or another common childhood rash.
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Please tell me what it is I can do to raise my hemagloblin, other than taking iron tablets?

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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Find the cause: Low hemoglobin is not always due to iron deficiency, your doctor has to find the cause of the low hemoglobin and treat it if possible.

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