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I have a 25 weeker at 3.5 months actual age she had a serum iron of 172, newborn levels are normal at 110-270, is the 172 concerning?
What are normal newborn iron serum levels and where can I find the medical literature that can verify this in a court of law?
How can we help?: Most run 100-300 micrograms/l. Now please forgive my frankness. You are very angry and are planning to sue somebody, but you don't have an attorney / expert who can provide you with this basic piece of information. This is a hard and sad road that i'd like to spare you. Newborn serum iron levels mean little. What's really on your mind? Perhaps there is a misunderstanding and we can help. ...Read more
Can someone get a disease from a needle stick that caused them to bleed from a needle that was used while giving iron shots to newborn baby pigs?
Unlikely: But doubt that this has ever been the subject of a detailed scientific investigation. If you develop any suspicious symptoms would take this history with you to the doctor and be evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more
Not specifically: This is an old myth that is perpetuated year to year. Iron given at therapeutic levels can cause constipation, but studies find no correlation with the level in formula. Infants may process one brand of formula slower or faster than another and any delay in emptying will lead to constipation. ...Read more
My newborn has been referred to a hemotologist because of low iron found in blood what's going on?
So many reasons...: The answer to your question is going to be solved by the hematologist you are going to see, not by us guessing with no further information here. The list of newborn anemia causes is long - from inborn problems with red cell production to nutritional problems to blood loss to infection - and many combinations of these. It will take a lot of detective work, exam and history to put it all together. ...Read more
Check out these: Links. Follow up with your dr and discuss the cause of your anemia which is likely from excessive menstrual bleeding or intestinal blood loss. Take care! Http://www. M.webmd. Com/a-to-z-guides/iron-fe? Page=1. http://www. M.webmd. Com/a-to-z-guides/understanding-anemia-basics. Http://www. M.webmd. Com/women/guide/understanding-thyroid-problems-basics. Http://www. M.Webmd. Com/depression/default. Htm. ...Read more
Meat: First and foremost. So is liver. "politically correct" ads showing beans, tofu, spinach, and peanut butter are misleading. Vegetarians who do not know exactly what they are doing tend to become iron-deficient -- and if you are iron-deficient, you've been done a terrible disservice. Look also for possible sources of bleeding if you're diagnosed. Good luck. ...Read more
Different reasons: There are different reasons why people have low iron- such as--bleeding/blood loss somewhere and GI would be the most common place where blood loss occurs-, iron malabsorption-either from condition like autoimmune or from medication that inhibits the absorption, or from gastric by pass surgery etc, not enough intake of iron from your food-either due to poor nutritions etc. Go to see your gp. ...Read more
Iron levels: Lab tests have to be interpreted within clinical context and in conjunction with other blood parameters. Furthermore, I am not sure what unit of measurement you are referring to. Low iron levels can sometimes be indicative of anemia. Schedule a consult for more information :) ...Read more
Agree w Dr. Ekizian.: He has answered the medical question you posed. Are you considering taking an overdose of iron? You can call the national suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255). Please be seen at the nearest emergency room if you have thoughts of overdosing. Psychiatric follow up is also important. Take care. ...Read more
See below: They are pediatricians that are undergoing further training. This training will help them to provide care for premature and sick babies. During their training, they will be involved with the care of neonates and help educate pediatric residents. ...Read more
Low blood count: Iron is critical for the formation of red blood cells which carry oxygen to your entire body. If you iron stores get too low, not enough is available for this critical function and you will make less efficient red cells termed anemia causing lowered energy, lethargy and increased susceptibility to other kinds of illness. Iron is readily available and cheap over the counter. ...Read more
None!: Unless you are iron-deficient or at high risk of becoming so (for example, a woman who has heavy periods and eats absolutely no red meat), there is no benefit. Rarely, your doctor will recommend more iron in certain conditions, such as restless legs syndrome. ...Read more
Affects babies <1mo: In cultures where tetanus immunization is not common, babies are born without any tetanus protection they would otherwise gain from their mother. If you add this to inconsistant hygene, unsterile tools used at delivery, or the application of dung (in some cultures) to speed the separation of the umbilical cord stump, these babies may acquire tetanus and die in the first month. ...Read more
Depends on the state: Many states have either few or extensive tests on the newborn for treatable or significant conditions. In my state dozens are covered including phenylketonuria, sickle cell, thyroid and too many others to mention. Sometimes we check for anemia, blood sugar or infection, : blood tests for ABO reactions are common if mom is o+ and we commonly test for jaundice without drawing blood using a meter. ...Read more
Normal reference ranges are:
men: 65 to 176 μg/dl
women: 50 to 170 μg/dl
newborns: 100 to 250 μg/dl
children: 50 to 120 μg/dl
tibc: 240–450 μg/dl
transferrin saturation: 20–50%
μg/dl = micrograms per deciliter.
All lab results should be interpreted in the clinical context, so consult your doctor. ...Read more
JITTERINESS;: Newborn are normally jittery for sometime, refluxes are brisk, jark with sound, light, simple movement like taping the bed, etc. This is due to immaturity of nervous system, incomplete myelinization of axons, immaturity of neurotransmitters in brain, etc. Other causes: birth asphyxia (less oxygen), insult/injury to brain, poor feeding with low blood glucose, low calcium, maternal drugs, etc. ...Read more
Depends: A brand newborn (1-3 days old) may eat only 1/2 ounce at a time, but a rule of thumb is 2.5 ounces per pound, per 24 hours. Divided into 8 -12 feedings. If the baby is breastfeeding it's harder to gauge, so we usually follow urine output instead -- at least 6 - 8 wet diapers / 24 hours. ...Read more