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How will an iron deficiency affect my baby?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics

In brief: Many symptoms

Anemia, or low iron, can cause your infant to be pale, irritable, more tired than normal, weak or have rapid heart rate or fast breathing.
It can usually be prevented with a proper diet, which in a breast fed infant means using a multi-vitamin with iron daily. Formula fed infants should only receive iron fortified formula. Pediatricians test for anemia between 9-12 months, and if concerns arise.

In brief: Many symptoms

Anemia, or low iron, can cause your infant to be pale, irritable, more tired than normal, weak or have rapid heart rate or fast breathing.
It can usually be prevented with a proper diet, which in a breast fed infant means using a multi-vitamin with iron daily. Formula fed infants should only receive iron fortified formula. Pediatricians test for anemia between 9-12 months, and if concerns arise.
Dr. Scott Katz
Dr. Scott Katz
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