When Should I See My Doctor?
Consult with your doctor or pediatrician if you feel like your child exhibits signs of iron deficiency anemia. Iron deficiency anemia is not something that can be diagnosed and treated at home. Too much iron may also be dangerous for the child. Always talk to a doctor first if you think your child has iron deficiency.
What Causes Iron Deficiency in Children?
Here are some causes for iron deficiency in children:
Children need iron more than adults because they are still growing. And they mostly get iron through the food they eat. A diet that is lacking in iron leads to iron deficiency. To prevent it, avoid having your child drink too much milk. Milk is a poor source of iron, and consuming too much of it can lead towards iron deficiency. When drinking milk, children tend to get full and not eat other food items that contain higher levels of iron.
Iron is found inside red blood cells. If your child loses blood then they will lose some iron as well. While uncommon in children, ulcers may be a cause of blood loss. Other possible reasons are parasitic infections and chronic bowel inflammation.
- Inability to Absorb Iron in Diet
Even if you provide the proper diet for your child, it is possible that your child cannot properly absorb it. Some conditions like Celiac disease, a sickness of the intestines, can affect your child’s ability to properly absorb iron into the bloodstream.
What Increases the Risk of Iron Deficiency in Children?
There are many risk factors for children and babies since they have the highest risk for iron deficiency.