If you notice that your son is down (and it is not something normal in him), or you observe that is somewhat paler or that your nails have become brittle, you should consult your pediatrician. May have anemia, and need treatment to recover. But do not worry, because it is a fairly common disease in the first years of life. In addition, the treatment is very simple and the anemia does not leave any type of sequelae.
If your child has anemia, it means that his body not making enough red blood cells or that these do not contain the necessary hemoglobin. And hemoglobin is essential because it is responsible for carrying oxygen to the tissues. The most common of the anemias is iron deficiency. It occurs when the child has low iron and is diagnosed with a blood test.
Babies are born with stored iron, but in the first year of life (the period of rapid growth), they consume about 1 mg of iron per day. Note that children do not absorb all the iron they eat (only 10%), so they will need about 10 mg of iron a day, unless your baby is breastfeeding and breastfeeding. In that case he needs less iron because his body will absorb much better the one you are offering.
The main symptom of anemia is decay, lack of strength and fatigue. The child's skin is somewhat paler. You may complain of headaches and lose your appetite. You may also be more irritable and have constant symptoms of drowsiness.
This disease is quite common in childhood. It occurs especially in children who were not fed in their first months or with breastfeeding or with iron-fortified formula milk. Its peak incidence is highest between 6 months and 3 years of age.
Anemia must be treated. Otherwise, it can affect the physical and social development of the child. For example, anemia can lead to attention deficit and affect school performance.
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