Amy, a 4-year-old Caucasian female, has been complaining of being tired all the time. She is pale and a picky eater. Her mother is a single mom with a small budget to feed a large family. Amy only eats pasta, breads, and hot dogs, and drinks only artificial fruit punch.
My first case is about a little 4 year old girl who I believe has an Iron deficiency.
This can be caused by insufficient iron in the diet, periods of rapid growth. A diet low in iron is most often behind IDA in infants, toddlers and teens. Kids who don’t eat enough or who eat food that are poor sources of iron are at rick for developing the condition. Poverty is contributing factor to IDA because families living at or below poverty level may not be getting enough iron rich foods.
Your doctor will diagnose iron deficiency anemia based on your medical history, a physical exam and the results from tests and procedures. Once your doctor knows the cause and severity of the condition he or she can create a treatment plan for you.
Mild to moderate iron deficiency may have no signs or symptoms thus you may not know you have it unless your doctor discovers it from a screening test or while checking for other problems.
Iron deficiency can be treated you would ask your health care professional to recommend a good vitamin supplement to treat your iron deficiency. Include foods that are rich in iron in order to treat your anemia. These include organ meat such as liver or beef, soybeans and spinach. Avoid foods that may block the absorption of iron into your gastrointestinal tract. These may include most dairy products chewing gum, tea wheat bran and chocolate. You should observe any changes in your symptoms of iron deficiency to determine if your course of treatment is working. Schedule a follow up visit with your health care professional to determine if you have successfully treated your iron deficiency.
Iron deficiency can be prevented if you fallow these steps: