Describe the features of iron deficiency in a baby.?

Variable Sx. Babies are born with a pool of iron in their body & hemaglobin that they begin growing out of as the double/triple their weight.Deficiency leads to gradual drop in blood oxygen carrying capacity and associated decreased aleartness, activity and growth. Subtile drop in infant development (iq) has been noted with small deficiencies.Greater deficiencies can place baby in heart falure from anemia.

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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...

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...

Iron deficiency for babies what is its effect?

See below: Iron is necessary to make red blood cells, as well as for normal growth and development. Iron deficiency in infancy may be associated with developmental delays or behavioral problems.A full-term infant born from a healthy mother will have enough iron to support growth and development until four to six months of age. After that, iron needs to be absorbed through the diet. Read more...
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...

Are babies with an iron deficiency more prone to sickness?

Iron deficiency by . Itself is a sickness albeit readily treatable with supplements. Read more...
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...

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

Ill health. Iron deficiency is common in infants that are breasf fed entirely and will result in anemia or low blood hemoglobin. Depending on the severity it could make the child listless. There is no need to risk low iron as supplements for children are readily available. Read more...
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...