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Baby Iron Deficiency Premature Delivery
Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more
28wks preg. Low ferritin 7, STFR 20.7, hemoglobin 11.3- is this iron deficiency anemia from pregnancy? Have had IDA in past,stopped taking iron pills
Not clear: The answer as to why prematurely born males have a higher mortality rate than females is not completely understood. ...Read more
Depends On Control: There is no single digit answer you can apply to an individual patient. One brazillian study in 2011 found that 14% of 400 women delivered prematurely, but the rate really depends on how well the mother controls her disease, other issues like preeclampsia, and the reason for delivery (poor control can cause other problems for the mom/baby that could require a cesarean section before 38 weeks). ...Read more
At 4wks pregnant, WBC 14.3, RBC 3.40, hgb 10.7, hct 31.7. Will anemia this early in pregnancy hurt baby or increase chance of miscarriage?
No: It's common, very common, for women to have some anemia such as you have. If you take an iron pill with citric acid (orange juice to increase absorption) you should be fine. You can also try to increase iron by eating iron rich foods. It's always better if you can, to eat iron rich foods than take supplement. But will not increase risk for miscarriage or hurt baby unless hgb. ...Read more
2 months old child, exclusively breast feeding. Hb = 10, MCV = 80, this happens most commonly due to Iron deficiency anemia or thalasemia trait?
Not thalassemia: Both iron deficiency and thalassemia have lower MCV, often less than 70. The anemia may be due to combination of nutritional deficiencies, e.g., deficiency of both iron and folic acid. It would be prudent to consult your pediatrician for evaluation and proper treatment. ...Read more
Depends: Minor prematurity is often managed by the pediatrician but for sick or more premature babies the neonatologist often will take care of the baby until such time the baby can be cared for by the pediatrician. ...Read more
I'm O+, my husband is AB+. What's the likelihood of our baby having neonatal anemia? High risk pregnancy w/ maternal anemia and planned c-section cutting through anterior placenta previa.
Possible: There is some possibility of an A/O or B/O reaction with jaundice and hemolytic disease but that part of this is usually minor and easy to manage. An OB with quick hands can limit the other issue. I would try to relax and figure out what your life will be like with 3 kids running around. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Found out unknown cause folate deficiency-rX 5mg folic acid tabs,how long before replenished? When to retest? Causes ?VIT D borderline deficient too
Folate (folic acid) deficiency : Folate (folic acid) deficiency can be caused by nutritional deficiency, medications, chronic diseases or frequent use of tanning beds. 5mg of folate (folic acid) is often used to treat deficiency. Usually 4 months of treatment is needed, then dose can be reduced. Levels may be rechecked after 2 a 4 months. ...Read more
Which baby's more prone to iron deficiency anemia on breast feeding or formula ( cow's milk) and why ?
Cow's milk ingestion: is associated with a higher incidence of iron deficiency. Neither C or Breast M contain iron, but iron in the diet is absorbed more readily with BM than with CM :https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/577504. Also, a small number of infants develop sensitivity to CM protein, which causes trace blood loss from the intestine. Low iron causes long term affects on learning and focus so prevent and Rx ...Read more
26.9 ng/mL vitamin D 7 months postpartum. Unsure if levels were low during pregnancy. Risk of rickets and tooth issues for my baby? No teeth yet, 8 mo
Give baby Vit D: Ideal Vit D levels are >30, so yours is marginal. It is never too late to start Vit D supplement for your infant. Breast milk has minimal Vit D but formulas are usually fortified with vitamins and 32 oz will provide about 400 IU a day. Current recommendations for infants 6-12 mo has been raised to 600 U/d or 800 if premature at birth, and a 1000/day after 12 month. Teeth often erupt after 9 mo ...Read more
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