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Tips To Prevent Iron Deficiency Anemia In Children

Written by
Krystel Quadros
and medically reviewed by Preetha. J

Published on Dec 26, 2018 and last reviewed on Jun 17, 2022   -  4 min read

Abstract

Iron deficiency anemia is common in children. Scroll down through the article below to know how it can be avoided.

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Tips To Prevent Iron Deficiency Anemia In Children

Introduction:

Have you as a parent observed symptoms like lethargy in your kids or even difficulty in breathing? If so, do get a complete blood test done to check your child’s hemoglobin levels. If the hemoglobin count is too low, your child may be suffering from iron deficiency anemia. It may be due to various reasons. Having a lot of worms may also reflect symptoms like iron deficiency anemia in children. Also, a diet lacking in iron may force your child to develop anemia. Certain malabsorption disorders and gut disorders may also lead to iron deficiency anemia. Piles in children can cause anemia. Children who are deficient in iron may have certain cravings for non-nutritive foods like chalk. These are symptoms to figure out if your child is deficient in iron.

Iron is one of the macronutrients that are essential for the child's proper growth and development. However, in some kids, it may not be of sufficient levels to carry out various functions efficiently.

Why Is Iron Important for Children?

Iron helps in the movement of oxygen from the lungs to various tissues of the body and aids muscles in storing and using oxygen. When the child's diet lacks iron, he or she might develop a condition called the iron deficiency. Iron deficiency in children is not a rare health issue. Its severity can vary from mild deficiency to iron deficiency anemia, which is a condition characterized by insufficient healthy red blood cells in the blood. Untreated iron deficiency can lead to problems in the child's growth and development.

How Much Iron Do Children Need?

Iron is continuously required by the body at different stages of life, and so is true for infants and children. The following table mentions the recommended dosage of iron at different ages:

Recommended dosage of Iron

Who Is at Risk for Iron Deficiency Anemia?

Infants and children who are at the highest risk of iron deficiency anemia are listed as follows:

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Iron Deficiency Anemia in Children?

The signs and symptoms of iron deficiency anemia include the following:

How Can Iron Deficiency Anemia Be Prevented in Children?

Iron deficiency anemia can certainly be prevented by following the tips mentioned below:

Conclusion:

As appropriate amounts of iron are necessary to have for each child at different ages, all the tips mentioned above should be followed religiously by the parents or caregivers to ward off iron deficiency anemia in children.

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