Iron Supplementation In Babies and Children
Iron is a mineral. It is an important part of every cell in the human body. Most importantly, iron is found in the red blood cells where it helps deliver oxygen to all of the organs and tissues.
Iron is needed to create new blood cells. A lack of iron can cause a low blood count called anemia. Anemia is one of the most common nutritional problems worldwide.
Anemia can lead to a number of problems, including:
- Decreased energy
- Pale skin color
- Problems with concentration
- Shortness of breath
- Cold feet and hands
- Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
Babies and young children need iron for proper growth and development of their entire bodies, in particular their rapidly growing brains. When young children are anemic, they may show delays in normal development. They may have problems in school, including difficulty completing tasks and problems paying attention. Remember, however, that not all children with anemia have the symptoms listed above. Also, some children have low iron levels but have not yet developed anemia.
Last reviewedJanuary 2014by Michael Woods, MD
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