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can having a low iron count which wud be low iron stores cause headaches and palpitarions?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Absolutely yes!: Anemia can be caused by iron deficiency. Anemia means you don't have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen around your body. This causes headaches and makes your heart work harder to get oxygen where it is needed. Symptoms of anemia also include feeling very tired, low energy, and short of breath when walking or exercising. Anemia can be easily treated, so see a doctor!

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A member asked:

How do I know if my baby has an iron deficiency?

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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics 18 years experience
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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How will an iron deficiency affect my baby?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Many symptoms: Anemia, or low iron, can cause your infant to be pale, irritable, more tired than normal, weak or have rapid heart rate or fast breathing. It can usually be prevented with a proper diet, which in a breast fed infant means using a multi-vitamin with iron daily. Formula fed infants should only receive iron fortified formula. Pediatricians test for anemia between 9-12 months, and if concerns arise.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What iron levels are considered "suspicious" for iron overload/hemochromatosis?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Hemachromatosis: A number of tests are available to check iron levels, and a hematologist or blood disease specialist, will check multiple tests for iron overload. The specialist may also suggest a liver biopsy to check for iron overload.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I started taking doctor prescribed iron supplements. How long will it take for my blood to become normal?

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Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Several months: Iron replacements for anemia may take several months to get your iron level back to normal. Too rapid a replacement may give you GI side effects like constipation or liver irritation. Take oral iron with vitamin c to help with absorption without a heavy meal.
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A member asked:

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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