Iron Deficiency Anemia in Children

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Iron deficiency anemia is a common blood disorder that occurs when red blood cell counts are low due to a lack of iron. 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.

Patients with iron deficiency anemia are treated through Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, an integrated pediatric hematology and oncology partnership between Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital.

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