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How Do I Know If My Baby Has An Iron Deficiency
Lab work: Babies at high risk for iron deficiency include those born prematurely and babies who aren't eating any solids (like rice cereal) after 6 months old. For toddlers, those who drink more than 24 oz of cow's milk a day or follow a vegetarian diet are at highest risk. Because children can have iron deficiency without symptoms a lab test is needed for diagnosis (screening is usually done at 12 mo). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Especially in 6-24: month-olds, iron deficiency &/or iron-deficiency anemia can cause developmental delays that may persist & impaired immune systems. Most common dietary cause is excessive milk & milk-product intake when switched to whole milk at 1 year. Maximum recommended dairy is 16-21 oz./day, with milk from open-mouth cups with meals. The AAP recommends weaning from bottle to cup as close to 1year as possible ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: general fatigue. weakness. pale skin. shortness of breath. dizziness. strange cravings for non-food items, such as dirt, ice, and clay. tingling or a crawling feeling in the legs. swelling or soreness in the tongue. Severe iron-deficiency anemia can lead to heart problems, infections, problems with growth and development i ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fussy, pale, weak: Young babies often are a bit deficient in iron because they grow so fast, and new growth (new muscle cells, new blood cells, etc...) requires iron. Breastmilk or iron-fortified formula supply needed iron for a baby's growth (a baby can double his weight in the first 5 months). A baby who gets too iron-deficient and quite anemic can be fussy, not eat well, seem pale or weak, and have a rapid pulse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable Sx: Babies are born with a pool of iron in their body & hemaglobin that they begin growing out of as the double/triple their weight.Deficiency leads to gradual drop in blood oxygen carrying capacity and associated decreased aleartness, activity and growth. Subtile drop in infant development (iq) has been noted with small deficiencies.Greater deficiencies can place baby in heart falure from anemia. ...Read more
Yes: Give iron supplement (feosol drops or ferrous sulfate syrup) when a child mostly weans off formula and switches to regular homogenized milk (this occurs t about 10 to 12 months of age). Particularly if a child routinely consumes 24 oz or more of regular milk, iron supplement is a must. Poly-vi-sol with iron is not good, it does not contain enough iron. ...Read more
Tests/observations: Pallor of the inside of the lower eyelid, lethargy, disinterest in play and irritability are common signs of anemia. If you bend the fingers back the palm creases should become red, if not anemia is likely. Testing toward the end of the rapid growth @ 1yr & again in later childhood & teens will pick up most silent cases.Slow growth periods 2-10 are not often marked by anemia.If concerned, get a test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not long.: Iron deficiency corrects pretty quickly with iron treatment. If the level of anemia was severe it may take longer. I would say that the pallor should be gone when the hemoglobin is around 9 g/dl. It takes about a week to increase the hemoglobin by 1. For babies, i would expect to have the pallor resolved by 1 month's time certainly. If not, things should be re-evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more
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