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Iron deficiency anemia means that your child doesn't have enough iron in his or her blood. Your child may not get enough iron from food. Or maybe your child's body can't absorb iron well. Another common cause is blood loss. A girl who loses blood from heavy periods may need more iron. So may a child who has bleeding in the stomach or bowel.
Anemia gets worse slowly. You may not notice it right away. Your child may look pale. He or she may feel weak and tired.
Your doctor may need to do more tests to find and treat the problem. Follow up with your doctor to make sure that your child's iron level goes back to normal.
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. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: November 8, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Caroline S. Rhoads MD - Internal Medicine
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