Treatments for Iron Deficiency Anemia in Children

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Contact the Rare Anemias and Iron Disorders Program

Treatment for iron deficiency anemia may include:

  • Iron-rich diet:
  • consuming foods that are rich in iron (see chart below)
  • Iron supplement:
  • Taking an oral iron supplement over several months to increase iron levels in blood.
  • should be taken on an empty stomach or with orange juice to increase absorptions
  • can irritate the stomach and discolor bowel movements

Iron-Rich Foods

Quantity

Approximate
Iron Content
(milligrams)

Oysters

3 ounces

13.2

Beef liver

3 ounces

7.5

Prune Juice

1/2 cup

5.2

Clams

2 ounces

4.2

Walnuts

1/2 cup

3.75

Ground beef

3 ounces

3.0

Chickpeas

1/2 cup

3.0

Bran flakes

1/2 cup

2.8

Pork roast

3 ounces

2.7

Cashew nuts

1/2 cup

2.65

Shrimp

3 ounces

2.6

Raisins

1/2 cup

2.55

Sardines

3 ounces

2.5

Spinach

1/2 cup

2.4

Lima beans

1/2 cup

2.3

Kidney beans

1/2 cup

2.2

Turkey, dark meat

3 ounces

2.0

Prunes

1/2 cup

1.9

Roast beef

3 ounces

1.8

Green Peas

1/2 cup

1.5

Peanuts

1/2 cup

1.5

Potato

1

1.1

Sweet potato

1/2 cup

1.0

Green beans

1/2 cup

1.0

Egg

1

1.0

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