Iron deficiency anemia children

Iron deficiency anemia is the most common nutritional deficiency in children. If a mother has had adequate iron in her diet, a baby is born with enough iron to last four to six months. The main source of iron for babies is breast milk which, although it is low in iron, is high in lactose and contains vitamin C so the iron is well-absorbed. Infant formula is fortified with iron and vitamin C.

Iron deficiency anemia childrenlron deficiency anemia has been implicated in emotional, social and learning difficulties in children and adults. Iron deficient babies are often irritable and have no interest in their surroundings, and adults lacking iron can be affected in job performance, mood and memory, and have trouble concentrating. Children who were anemic as infants do not perform as well in intelligence tests as those who were adequately nourished. Recent research suggests that iron supplements do not improve mental ability in anemic infants, and prevention of iron deficiency in children is therefore very important.

 
 
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