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Iron-deficiency anemia is anemia that happens when there isn’t enough iron in the body.
Someone with anemia has a lower number of red blood cells (RBCs) than usual. RBCs contain hemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen throughout the body. The body needs iron to make hemoglobin (HEE-muh-glow-bin). Without enough iron, less hemoglobin and fewer red blood cells are made, leading to anemia.
Treatment with iron supplements usually makes the anemia better.
At first, children with iron-deficiency anemia may not have any symptoms. When symptoms do happen, a child might:
Iron-deficiency anemia can happen when:
Doctors usually can diagnose iron-deficiency anemia by:
Doctors treat iron-deficiency anemia with iron supplements taken as a liquid or pill for at least 3 months. To help iron get absorbed into the body:
Someone whose anemia is very severe may get iron or a blood transfusion through an IV (intravenous) line.
When iron-deficiency anemia is caused by something other than a lack of iron in the diet, treatment also may include:
If your child has iron-deficiency anemia:
To help prevent iron-deficiency anemia in young children:
Anemia happens when there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells in the body. It can be caused by many things, including dietary problems, medical treatments, and inherited conditions.
Iron is an important ingredient needed to make hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying part of every red blood cell.
Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells. A hemoglobin test can be done as part of a routine checkup to screen for problems and or because a child isn’t feeling well.
Doctors may order a ferritin test when they suspect kids have too little or too much iron in their bodies.
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Alpha thalassemia is a blood disorder in which the body has a problem producing alpha globin, a component of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen throughout the body.
Beta thalassemia is a blood disorder in which the body has a problem producing beta globin, a component of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen throughout the body.
Some young kids have the eating disorder pica, which is characterized by cravings to eat nonfood items.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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