Children - Babies


IRON DEFICIENCY IN BABIES

The iron stored in a baby's body is used up in the first 4-6
months of life. After that, babies need to get iron from
food or supplements. Iron deficiency usually occurs in
babies between 9-24 months, with premature and low-
birth-weight babies being at even greater risk of iron-
deficiency anaemia due to a decreased amount of
iron at birth. 1,2

CAUSES OF IRON DEFICIENCY ANAEMIA IN BABIES 3,4

  • The feeding of low or non-iron fortified formula
  • Breastfeeding exclusively after six months of age
  • o Although breastmilk is an excellent source of absorbable iron, used on its
    own it may not be sufficient to support the extra iron needed for growth after six
    months of age.
  • The introduction of cow's milk before twelve months of age
  • o Cow's milk has a lower quantity of poorly absorbed iron compared to breastmilk and may cause
    bleeding in the baby's intestines
  • The introduction of solid foods later than six months of age

SYMPTOMS OF IRON DEFICIENCY 5

  • Pale skin
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritability (cranky, fussy)

Fortunately iron deficiency is easily treated with Ferrimed®, SA's #1 prescribed iron treatment. 6 Ferrimed® is clinically proven to be better tolerated than other forms of iron 7,8 and therefore is the treatment of choice in children. 9

For more information, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist. For full prescribing information refer to: Ferrimed® Package Insert

References:
  1. Iron Deficiency Anaemia. What is Iron-Deficiency Anaemia? Medic8.com. [online] [cited 2010 March 9] Available from: URL: http://www.medic8.com/healthguide/articles/irondeficiency.html.
  2. Iron Deficiency Anemia - children. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. [online] [cited 2010 March 9] Available from: URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007134.htm
  3. Iron Deficiency Anemia In Infants and Children. Allsands.com. [online] [cited 2010 March 9] Available from: URL:
    http://www.allsands.com/kids/health/anemiainchild_bsy_gn.html
  4. Iron Deficiency in Children. Pediatric Iron Deficiency: Often Missed. Arborcom.com [online] [cited 2010 March 9] Available from: URL: http://www.arborcom.com/frame/iron_kid.htm.
  5. Iron needs of babies and children Canadian Paediatric Society. [online] [cited 2010 March 9] Available from: URL:
    http://www.cps.ca/caringforkids/pregnancy&babies/ironreq.htm.
  6. IMS Data.
  7. Toblli JE, Brignoli R.Iron(III)-hydroxide Polymaltose Complex in Iron Deficiency Anemia. Review and meta-analysis. Drug Res2007;57(6a):431-438.
  8. Langstaff RJ, Geisser P, Heil WG, Bowdler JM. Treatment of iron-deficiency anemia: a lower incidence of adverse effects with Ferrum Hausmann than ferrous sulphate. BR J Clin Res 1993;4:191-198.
  9. Borbolla JF, Cicero RE, Dibildox M, Soltres D, Gutièrrez R. Iron hydroxide polymaltose complex vs iron sulphate in the treatment of iton deficiency anaemia in infants. Revista Mexicana de Pediatria 2000;57(2):63-67

"The health information contained herein is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare provider"

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S0 Ferrimed® Capsules / H840 (Act 101 of 1965) / Each capsule contains 50 mg elemental iron as iron (III)-hydroxide polymaltose complex and 150 µg folic acid. S0 Ferrimed® D.S. Chewable Tablets / L/8.3/201 / Each tablet contains 100 mg elemental iron as iron (III)-hydroxide polymaltose complex. S0 Ferrimed® Syrup / H842 (Act 101 of 1965) / Each 5 ml contains 50 mg elemental iron as iron (III)-hydroxide polymaltose complex.


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