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What is the best source of iron for my kid?

What is the best source of iron for my kid?

Iron rich food: Foods rich in iron are;

Spinach pumpkin seeds

Red meat,shell fish & turkey

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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What is the recommended amount of iron in a 40 lb child that we believe is iron deficient per day?

What is the recommended amount of iron in a 40 lb child that we believe is iron deficient per day?

Iron deficient: 15 mg of elemental iron/kg daily until better. 40 lbs is about 18 kg. All the best. ...Read more

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What would Cause low iron in child who drinks pediasure?

What would Cause  low iron in child who drinks pediasure?

Needs other sources: Pediasure only contains a small amount or iron. The child must need iron from other sources in the diet. Pediasure only contains 15% of the days requirement for iron. Iron suppements can be used or foods containing more iron should be introduced in to the diet. Meats, fish and green leafy vegetables are good sources of iron. ...Read more

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How safe is it to give multivitamins with iron to kids every day for 3 years ?

How safe is it to give multivitamins with iron to kids every day for 3 years ?

Good question: Probably fine but more info is needed such as dose and elemental type of iron and other vitamins included. Also need the weight and age of the children. Best to involve your pediatrician. Iron blood levels are easily tested with routine blood draws. ...Read more

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Recommended iron level for a woman in child-bearing age? Does it have to be higher for vegetarians or other groups of people?

Recommended iron level for a woman in child-bearing age?  Does it have to be higher for vegetarians or other groups of people?

18 mg per day: 18 mg / day of iron for woman of child bearing age, increasing to 27 mg/day while pregnant. Meat proteins and vitamin c will improve the absorption of nonheme iron. It does not have to be higher for vegetarians or other groups. ...Read more

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Child low iron and high thyroid. What do we do?

Child low iron and high thyroid. What do we do?

Talk with Doc: These are common issues that most primary care providers deal with on a regular basis.A diet change and or iron supplement are usually the first step for the iron deficiency, the pcp can usually arrange for you to see a pediatric endocrinologist after some confirmatory testing on the thyroid issue. ...Read more

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If you had a child under 66 lbs go into anaphylactic shock and you only had an adult epi pen would you use iron the child?

If you had a child under 66 lbs go into anaphylactic shock and you only had an adult epi pen would you use iron the child?

YES- however...: Anaphylactic shock can be fatal and the most effective treatment is injectable epinephrine so I would give it as the risk of too much epinephrine is less than the risk of the child dying from anaphylaxis. However, if you think a child is at risk of anaphylaxis it would be wise to get an EpiPen Jr. ...Read more

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What if an anemic child won't respond to iron supplements?

What if an anemic child won't respond to iron supplements?

Other cause: If a child is anemic iron deficiency is the most common but should respond to iron. There are other causes other than iron deficiency. Ask your pediatrician. Further testing may need to be done to find out ...Read more

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Can I give iron drops mixed in half cup orange juice to my child?

Can I give iron drops mixed in half cup orange juice to my child?

Iron drops: That would be fine. You did not mention your child's age but If still difficult to give it then you may try chew-able iron pills(ask your pharmacist for an equivalent dose) ...Read more

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Which low iron fruits are good for a e beta thalassemia child?Which are low iron fruits?Pls advice..

Which low iron fruits are good for a e beta thalassemia child?Which are low iron fruits?Pls advice..

Complicated diet: Avoid prunes and prune juice, spinach, watermelon,leafy green vegetables, fav beans, dates, raisins, peas and broccoli. Also avoid meats, peanut butter, tofu, infant cereals and other cereals fortified with iron, flour tortillas, anything cooked in a cast iron skillet. Avoid citrus with meals as it increases iron absorption. Your child will need to have limited iron intake as well as vitamin and essential mineral supplements under the direction of a nutritionist with experience in thalassemia. It is essential that diet be guided with nutrition consultation. Tea with meals suppresses absorption of iron. ...Read more

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If hg is normal and ferritin is low , would you give iron supplement for kids? And if yes , which kind of iron is preferred ?

If hg is normal and ferritin is low , would you give iron supplement for kids? And if yes , which kind of iron is preferred ?

You must: consult with your Pediatrician. The decision of when to treat with iron and what supplement is used is, best decided by a Pediatric specialist preferably with a knowledge of your child.

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Hello - what are normal iron levels in a child. My daughter is 7 and recent Dr. Visit has shown very high iron level. We are meeting a hematologist.

Hello - what are normal iron levels in a child. My daughter is 7 and recent Dr. Visit has shown very high iron level. We are meeting a hematologist.

Iron levels.: 7–140 ng/mL or 7–140 mcg/L. These ranges vary from lab to lab, and your lab may have a different range for what's normal. Your lab report should contain the range your lab uses. ...Read more

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What are iron-rich foods my child will eat?

What are iron-rich foods my child will eat?

Healthy diet: Sources of iron - egg yolk, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more

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To which age must the child take iron supply? If he didn't can that affect his teeth?

To which age must the child take iron supply? If he didn't can that affect his teeth?

Confusing statement: Iron is a necessary nutrient at all stages of a persons life including infancy. If it is present in enough quantity in their feed, they do not need a supplement. Teeth do not require more than the average amount of iron. The maintaince of normal blood cell size & health is a main iron consumer. It is also the way we screen for iron deficiency/need for more. ...Read more

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What are recommended daily allowances for dha, epa, magnesium and iron for children with possible add?

What are recommended daily allowances for dha, epa, magnesium and iron for children with possible add?

depends on child: 1 t flaxseeds soaked rinsed and blended into drinks or food is a good source of epa/dha for children. The Amino Acid taurine enhances the uptake of magnesium which can be given to bowel tolerance, zinc 15 mg, and iron 18 mg which are often deficient in children. Supplements don't take the place of healthy food, a good night sleep, fun exercise, and lowering stress. ...Read more

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Is it ok to give a 3 year old child pediavit select ( vitamins and iron ) 1 ml each day for almost 2 years now . How safe is it to continue using it ?

Vitamins: Unless your child is anemic or very poor eater who is not growing properly, i would advise you to save your money a buy your child an extra toy with the money saved. In other words the vitamins are not necessary. ...Read more

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What are the causes for a child to have low HGB besides iron deficiency? Thanks!

What are the causes for a child to have low HGB besides iron deficiency? Thanks!

Several: Although iron deficiency is the most common, there are several other causes. Chronic blood loss is one, lead poisoning another, conditions that impair red cell production (genetic or malignancy). Docs often just do a trial at adding iron to see if the kid responds before putting the kid trough extensive tests. ...Read more

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