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4 year old has had persistant diarrhoea but now constipated for past week. Cough, sore thigh, blood test shows low iron and mild eosinophilia. Causes?

4 year old has had persistant diarrhoea but now constipated for past week. Cough, sore thigh, blood test shows low iron and mild eosinophilia. Causes?

Multiple: Frequently kids with constipation have diarrhea as loose stool works around the area of hard stool. However eosinophilia is connected with parasite infections which can also cause diarrhea. Low iron levels could mean she is loosing blood in her stool a sign of inflammatory bowel disease. It sounds like your provider is doing the work-up. Be sure to continue to follow-up. ...Read more

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Does low iron mean constipation?

Does low iron mean constipation?

Possible: For example, an advanced colon cancer could lead to constipation and blood loss. More likely that the iron therapy to treat the anemia is leading to constipation. ...Read more

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Why does excess iron cause constipation?

Why does excess iron cause constipation?

SLOWING DOWN BOWELS: Iron slows down digestive system. Slow release iron is slowly absorbed and less constipating. Fast absorbing iron supplement causes more constipation but quickly absorbed. ...Read more

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Does excess iron in an infant's diet cause constipation?

Does excess iron in an infant's diet cause constipation?

Yes: Iron is a binding substances for infants. Try reducing the amount and speaking to your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is there a dose of iron supplement that won't cause constipation?

Is there a dose of iron supplement that won't cause constipation?

Not really: Pretty much all doses are going to cause some constipation but this symptom can be mitigated with plenty of hydration, high fiber diet, and colace, (docusate sodium) a stool softener. ...Read more

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Do iron supplements cause constipation in infants?

Do iron supplements cause constipation in infants?

Sometimes: When a child's anemia reaches levels where therapeutic iron is needed, cramps & constipation are seen occasionally. Full srength juices will sometimes counter the effect. It is not seen from the iron content of regular formulas. ...Read more

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Blood test showed I have low iron so I take iron tablets 3 a day but I get constipation dark green poo and now for the past days feel very sickā€¦?

Not unusual.: It's not unusual to notice changes of the color or consistency of your stool after starting an iron supplement. There are multiple types of iron supplements, some of what you may tolerate better than others. If you would continue to have issues with this, contact the doctor that prescribed this for you and see if he/she would prefer to switch it to another formulation. ...Read more

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I've got very low iron levels and recently being treated for ulcers. I've been constipated for 2 mnths now. Do u think its related to any of the two?

I've got very low iron levels and recently being treated for ulcers. I've been constipated for 2 mnths now. Do u think its related to any of the two?

Constipation: Although iron deficiency does not cause constipation per se, iron supplements can cause constipation at times. If you are having this side effect, try increasing the fiber in your diet and maybe even taking a fiber supplement, such as Metamucil, with extra water. If this does not help, then switching to a different fiber supplement may be useful. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have been using iron supplements, for the past 4 years, only recently, constipated and bloated, low due to childbirth, stress, not absorbing frm food?

I have been using iron supplements, for the past 4 years, only recently, constipated and bloated, low due to childbirth, stress, not absorbing frm food?

Why 4 years?: Iron deficiency from 3 causes: low intake, increased loss, e.g. menstrual loss, pregnancy ("lost" to fetus), urinary or gut bleeding, e.g. ulcers, polyps, tumors, poor absorption, e.g. stomach and/or bowel disease due to celiac sprue (gluten induced inflammation), inflammatory bowel disease. See MD ...Read more

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My 6 mo is low on hemoglobin, so the ped prescribed iron supplement (III).Week later she was extremely constipated most probably bc of it. What to do?

My 6 mo is low on hemoglobin, so the ped prescribed iron supplement (III).Week later she was extremely constipated most probably bc of it. What to do?

Fruits: Please consult this site for addressing constipation in infants with fruit preparations, including prune juice.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/expert-answers/infant-constipation/faq-20058519 ...Read more

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Can iron help keep you regular instead of causing constipation?

Usually the opposite: Iron supplementrs usually cause constipation, but different supplemets can have different effects on individual patients. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be having constipation while taking iron tablets?

Could be: Constipation can be a side effect of taking iron supplements. To combat this, drink plenty of fluids during the day and increase your fresh fruit and vegetable intake. Staying hydrated and increasing the fiber in your diet usually helps. Daily exercise can help too. If you are still having trouble with constipation, see your doctor for other treatments that may be needed. ...Read more

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Anemic and taking OTC 325mg Iron. Is there any way to tell if my iron level is up before next exam? Does constipation mean it is working? Yes or no???

Anemic and taking OTC 325mg Iron. Is there any way to tell if my iron level is up before next exam? Does constipation mean it is working? Yes or no???

How do you FEEL?: If your anemia is caused by iron deficiency, this WILL help. If not, it will not help. Iron turns everybody's stool black and upsets the gut some; constipation is common. If you are iron deficient, you need to find out why -- heavy monthly loss, ill-advised vegetarianism, bleeding stomach ulcer, hookworm, tumor. Glad you're taking a proactive approach to your health. ...Read more

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Constipated since starting iron. Cures?

Constipated since starting iron. Cures?

Things that help:: Several things may help: a slow release iron or divided the dose to twice a day. Increase your daily fiber intake (shoot for 30 g or more per day). You may also add a mild stool softener (like colace) daily. Some people need to do all of the above. Also, go see the doctor who asked you to take the extra iron and see if he/she can help too. ...Read more

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What kind of iron won't make you constipated?

Ferrous Gluconate: The most commonly prescribed iron supplement is iron (ferrous) sulfate; though maybe more expensive, ferrous gluconate may be less harsh on the GI system and cause less constipation. Constipation nevertheless is something that can be treated in other ways, like changing diet, drinking more water, and exercising regularly. ...Read more

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I'm taking 2 tsp of feros sulfate iron in lq form. I'm not getting constipated. Is that a good sign. I'm post to be on 4 tsp a day.

I'm taking 2 tsp of feros sulfate iron in lq form. I'm not getting constipated. Is that a good sign. I'm post to be on 4 tsp a day.

Keep, hydrated: The iron is generally constipatimg.
Good diet, hydration and stool softeners can usually control.
If not a problem that is a good thing. ...Read more

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