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Iron Test: About Your Child's Test

What is it?

This test measures the amount of iron in your child's blood. Too little iron can cause anemia, which can cause weakness, tiredness, or lack of stamina. Too much iron can cause hemochromatosis. This disease usually is passed down in families. It can cause tiredness, weakness, liver problems, or pain in the joints.

Why is this test done?

An iron test is done to:

  • Check for too much or too little iron in the blood.
  • Check to see if your child's diet is providing enough iron.
  • Find out if treatment to keep the right amount of iron in your child's blood is working.

How can you prepare for the test?

  • Tell your doctors ALL the medicines and natural health products your child takes. Some of these can affect the test results.
  • Tell your doctor if your child has had a blood transfusion.
  • Check with your doctor if any other preparation is needed.

What happens during the test?

A health professional takes a sample of your child's blood.

Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your child's test results.

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