Iron supplements in children: when and why they are needed

Iron supplements in children: when and why they are needed

The World Health Organization warned in 2014 that in Romania 40% of preschool children and 23% of those with school age suffer from iron deficiency anemia. More popular, they lack iron.

Anemia can be detected by a simple blood test which is free. Before you get to the doctor you may notice some signs that should give you some thought. If the little one is pale, has a tongue, has small lesions in the corners of the mouth, has pockets inside the mouth and complains that the heart beats irregularly, it is necessary to go to the doctor for a detailed set of tests. A child with anemia will always be tired and irritable, will not have the appetite and will not easily adapt to temperature variations.

The lack of iron in the body leads to serious effects. Iron has the role of transporting oxygen to tissues, and its lack will lead to cognitive and behavioral problems. Hyperactivity and attention deficit are the first conditions that appear as a result of anemia. Also, some studies have shown that iron deficiency leads to low IQ, which is irreversible. Depression, anxiety or insomnia can also be caused by anemia.

When it is not very serious, anemia can be treated by a dietary correction. You will need to enter in the menu egg yolk, red meat, fish, vegetables with green leaves and whole grains. If the child does not want to eat them, the situation will not be rectified and dietary supplements will be needed to normalize the iron in the body.

A child between 6 and 24 months of age needs 12-20 mg of iron. Between 2 and 5 years the recommended daily dose is 20-30 mg of iron, between 6 and 11 years of 30-60 mg of iron, and between 12 and 18 years of 50 mg of iron.

Anemia has long-term effects

Once the anemia has settled, the body needs months to recover. It is possible for the doctor to ask the child to have blood tests at regular intervals to see if the situation has resolved. Excess iron does as much harm to the body as does its lack. Therefore, if your child is prescribed iron supplements, it is necessary to take the exact quantity and to respect the duration of treatment prescribed by the doctor.

Iron supplements are not the children's favorite. There are iron supplements that are easily accepted by children and contain the amount of iron needed for normal growth and development of children.

FERRODEP is a syrup that can be administered from the age of 6 months and contains a form of easily absorbable, micronized iron, for increased absorption, and dispersible, mixed with emulsifiers to prevent precipitation on the bottom of the bottle - thus ensuring an amount iron constant at each administration. The form of iron is well tolerated by the gastrointestinal tract, it does not cause irritation and passes through the gastric passage, absorbing slowly in the small intestine. In addition, the content of copper and zinc ensures faster clinical efficacy, and vitamin C, B vitamins and folic acid are involved in the process of iron absorption, transport and storage. It is necessary to supplement with iron after the first 6 months of life, the period with the most rapid growth rate, when the iron reserves are rapidly depleted.

Through its composition, FERRODEP ensures the protection of cells against oxidative stress and contributes to the formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin. The correct level of iron in the body also helps the immune system.

Ferripiva anemia should be treated from the first signs to prevent serious problems that may occur in the mental and physical development of the child. Go to your pediatrician and inform him or her when you see your child showing signs that the iron level in the body is not the right one.

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