Iron deficiency anemia
Iron deficiency anemia is a common blood disorder that occurs when red blood cell counts are low due to a lack of iron. The Anemia and Red Blood Cell Disorders Program at Children’s Hospital Boston provides comprehensive treatment and management of iron deficiency anemia.
- Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia in otherwise healthy children in the United States.
- Children with iron deficiency anemia may tire easily, have pale skin and lips and have a fast heartbeat.
- Iron deficiency anemia is usually discovered by a blood test during a routine medical examination.
- Iron deficiency anemia is treated by consuming an iron-rich diet or taking oral iron supplements.