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My 6 mos old baby has hb level of 11.8 and she has been prescribed orafer xt by her paed. her wt. is lower than normal. is it ok to give so?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: The HGB lever is a little low for age & it is common to give iron as an initial way of assuring baby has the iron needed to build blood. Failure to improve her level after iron may require additional studies. The level is not at a worrisome point.

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