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.