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How long does pallor associated with baby iron deficiency last?

How long does pallor associated with baby iron deficiency last?

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

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Are there practical ways to reduce the odds of baby iron deficiency?

Are there practical ways to reduce the odds of baby iron deficiency?

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

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Iron deficiency for babies what is its effect?

Iron deficiency for babies what is its effect?

Anemia: Iron deficiency is a concern because Iron deficiency can delay normal infant motor function (normal activity and movement) or mental function (normal thinking and processing skills) ...Read more

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Are babies with an iron deficiency more prone to sickness?

Are babies with an iron deficiency more prone to sickness?

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 more

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What is the worst that can happen for an infant with an iron deficiency?

What is the worst that can happen for an infant with an iron deficiency?

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 more

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How long does it take multivitamins to cure an iron deficiency?

Depend-take months: It depends on how low is your iron, how good your stomach absorbing the iron, whether you can tolerate the iron, whether you take the iron properly or not , how much do you take etc. The respond is individually basis. Your doctor should check you again in about 3 months and see if you respond well or not. If you can't tolerate or if you don't respond to oral iron, intravenous iron is an option. ...Read more

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Can million of lice cause iron deficiency? If not noticeable for a long long time?

Can million of lice cause iron deficiency? If not noticeable for a long long time?

NOT COMMON: There have been reports in medical literature of iron deficiency anemia in patient with lice infestation, but whether that was the cause of anemia is not established theoretically it is possible but we do not see it commonly. ...Read more

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My baby is 2 years and ten months old, how do I know if he has iron deficiency?

My baby is 2 years and ten months old, how do I know if he has iron deficiency?

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 more

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For iron deficiency should you take iron supplements + iron -enriched foods? Worried about iron overdose. And how long to get iron back in system?

Fe deficiency is a..: Symptom of a problem as much as being a problem in its own rite. It's important to both correct the deficiency and discover its source. To correct, continue oral fe supplements until hematocrit normalizes then continue for another 3months to replete stores. If you find the source and fix it, your only significant source of fe loss is bleeding. If you don't fix it, the fe deficiency will recur. ...Read more

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Dr. James Chapman
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