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Iron deficiency anemia means that your child doesn't have enough iron in their blood. Your child may not get enough iron from food. Or maybe your child's body can't absorb iron well. Another cause is blood loss. This could be from things like heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding in the stomach or bowel.
It's important to follow your doctor's plan. Treatment may take time. Without treatment, this condition can lead to problems with brain development.
Anemia gets worse slowly. You may not notice it right away. Your child may look pale. They may feel weak and tired.
Your doctor may need to do more tests to find and treat the problem. Your child may need blood tests to make sure that the 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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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 advice 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 advice line if:
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Adaptation Date: 8/3/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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