Anemia means that the number of red blood cells in your child's body is below normal. Anemia is diagnosed when your child's hemoglobin count (part of the complete blood count) is low. The red blood cells carry oxygen in the bloodstream, and iron is needed for your child's body to make red blood cells. A child getting too little iron from his or her diet causes iron deficiency anemia resulting in decreased growth and fatigue.
Iron is available in different concentrations (Feosol is one common brand name)
Dose: Dose is based on body weight. Ask your Pharmacist for one of the above iron formulations and let them know how many “Milligrams of Elemental Iron” are needed. The dose can be given at one time or divided up 2-3 times/day. Elemental iron is the actual iron content of the medicine.
Infants: ___ 1 ___ 2 ___ 3 droppers (1.0 cc) per day
Children: _____ teaspoon (s) per day
Adolescents: 60 mg(Elemental) 2X per day (A 325 mg iron tab has only 60 mg of elemental iron)
If your child's diet is well balanced, he or she will not get anemia again. The following foods contain iron:
Your child needs to have a repeat blood count done in 4-8 weeks to be sure the level of red blood cells in the blood has returned to normal. The extra iron supplement should be continued until your child's blood count has returned to normal. After this, your child should be placed on a multivitamin with iron (12-15 mg or elemental iron per vitamin).
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