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How Much Iron Do I Need Every Day To Be Healthy
18 mg (elemental): Women (non-pregnant) 19-50 need 18 mg of elemental iron. I make the distinction because sometimes iron is "packaged" as iron sulfate or feso4 and the mg are usually about 20x more for the equivalent dose or the usual of 320 mg of feso4. The best source for all your questions on this topic is: http://www.Womenshealth.Gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/anemia.Cfm#h. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I take aciclovir tablet 400mg every 12hrs would it be ok to also have 1 multivitamin & Iron tablet a day also? also i will start a healthy diet.
YES!!: It is OK. No problem with this ...Read more
My grandson who is 22 months old has an iron level of 8. Just diagnosed and put on iron drops should I panic he eats nothing but seems happy and healthy. He poops only every 5-7 days since birth, doc says that's just him, but i'm worried
Iron : Iron deficiency anemia is not uncommon in toddlers. Sometimes it's because of a lack of dietary iron (red meat, leafy greens, fortified cereals) and sometimes it is because a child is drinking too much milk (a 22 month old should have no more than 20oz milk/day). I assume that the iron level of 8 that you are referring to is actually a hemoglobin level which is a red blood cell measure we use to assess iron. A normal hemoglobin level in most labs is 11-14. A level of 8 is low, but not a reason to panic if the child looks good. When we see a low hemoglobin level in a child on routine screening who is happy, healthy, and growning well, we often put them on iron supplements and recheck a level in a few months. There are various other uncommon reasons for a low hemoglobin and if the iron drops do not work, then your child's doctor may want to do additional testing. The infrequent bowel movements appear to be a separate issue and i would call the child's doctor to discuss solutions to this problem if he is having hard, dry, painful stools. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: This question is very complex and depends on a lot of factors. If you are healthy and not anemic, and eat a well balanced diet, you will likely get the iron you need from your diet and not require any supplemental iron. For an excellent reference that breaks down iron requirements see the nih's web page on iron information and daily intake requirements at http://ods.Od.Nih.Gov/factsheets/iron/#h. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I heard my 22 month old may be drinking too much milk? He drinks 36 oz day .He has a healthy weight, and iron count, and does not get constipated. Not sure if I should limit his milk consumption?
I certainly would: I recommend milk consumption limited to a maximum of 24 oz a day, because of high risk of iron deficiency associated with higher milk consumption. As you know the regular homogenized milk has very low iron content, and excessive milk intake satisfies small toddlers' hunger so that they tend not to eat other healthy foods. I also would ask his doctor to run a test called ferritin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See details: Ask your own doctor, not someone who does not have access to your lab data or a detailed history. ...Read more
Im taking 325 mg of iron three times a day every day, how many months until my iron levels are back to normal.
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