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Pediatric Anemia (iron-deficiency)

What You Need to Know

Iron-deficiency anemia is not having enough iron in the blood. Iron is needed for hemoglobin.

Key Symptoms

The most common symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia include pale skin, irritability or fussiness, lack of energy or tiring easily (fatigue).


Most anemia in children is diagnosed with blood tests including hemoglobin and hematocrit, complete blood count (CBC), peripheral smear and iron studies.


Treating iron-deficiency anemia includes iron supplements and an iron-rich diet.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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