Key points about iron-deficiency anemia in children
- Iron-deficiency anemia is not having enough iron in the blood. Iron is needed for hemoglobin.
- Breastfed-only infants should be given iron beginning at 4 months of age.
- When infants are 12 months old, they should be screened for iron-deficiency anemia.
- Iron supplement and iron-rich foods are used to treat iron-deficiency anemia.
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