- Being born prematurely, or with a low birth weight
- Drinking milk besides breast milk before their first year
- Being a breast-fed baby but not given supplementary iron after 6 months
- Drinking formula that is not fortified with iron
- Daily consumption of more than 24 ounces of cow, soy, or goat milk, for 1-5 year olds
- Chronic infections
- Lead exposure
- Diet lacking iron-rich food
- Being overweight or obese
- Experiencing menstruation in adolescence
Diagnosis & Treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
How Are Iron Deficiency in Children and Iron Deficiency Anemia Diagnosed?
Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia are diagnosed primarily through blood tests. Other tests may include:
- Detailed history of nutritional intake
- A physical examination
How Are Iron Deficiency and Iron Deficiency Anemia Treated?
- Iron supplements
- Blood transfusion (in more serious cases)
- In-hospital nutritional therapy
Lifestyle Changes & Home Remedies
What Are Some Lifestyle Changes or Home Remedies that Can Help Iron Deficiency in Children?
To ensure that normal iron levels in children are maintained, here are some tips:
- Serve or choose iron rich foods.
Serving iron-rich food ensures normal iron levels in children. Red meat, seafood, or beans are some good options.
- Serve milk in moderation.
Monitoring your child’s milk intake is a good way to ensure normal iron levels in children. Limit consumption to not more than 24 ounces if your child is still 1-5 years old.
Another good way to ensure normal iron levels in children is to enhance your child’s ability to absorb iron. Adding vitamin C to your child’s diet can also help with iron absorption.
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
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