Children - Young Children


IRON DEFICIENCY ANAEMIA IN CHILDREN

Children go through growth spurts, which increase their need for
iron 1 to the point where they need to absorb an average of 1 mg of
iron per day to keep up with the needs of their growing bodies. Since
children only absorb about 10 % of the iron they eat, most children need
to receive 8-10 mg of iron per day. 2

CAUSES OF IRON DEFICIENCY ANAEMIA IN CHILDREN 1,2,3

  • Inadequate iron in the diet
  • o Lack of red meat
  •  o Inadequate food intake
  • Drinking too much cow’s milk (in the first year)
  • o Cow’s milk contains little iron and can inhibit iron absorption
  • o Can cause problems in the intestine leading to blood loss
  • In rare instances, children with lead in their blood

SYMPTOMS OF IRON DEFICIENCY ANAEMIA IN CHILDREN 1,2,4

  • Lack of concentration
  • o May impair learning
  • o Slow cognitive development
  • Minor behavioural disturbances
  • o Lethargy
  •  o Irritability
  • Recurrent infections
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Pale skin colour
  • Decreased appetite
  • Pica (non-nutritional cravings)

Even the slightest case of iron deficiency anaemia can slow cognitive development. 1

SYMPTOMS OF SEVERE OR PROLONGED ANAEMIA: 1

  • Failure to thrive
  • Swollen tongue
  • Spoon-shaped brittle nails
  • Splits or sores in the corners of the mouth

Fortunately iron deficiency is easily treated with Ferrimed®, SA's #1 prescribed iron treatment. 5 Ferrimed® is clinically proven to be well tolerated 6 and is the treatment of choice in children. 7

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

References:
  1. Iron Deficiency Anemia in Infants And Children. Allsands.com. [online] [cited 2010 March 9] Available from: URL:
    http://www.allsands.com/kids/health/anemianchild_bsy_gn.htm
  2. Iron deficiency anemia - children. Medilineplus Medical Encyclopedia. [online] [cited 2010 March 9] Available from: URL:
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007134.htm
  3. 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
  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. IMS Data.
  6. Langstaff RJ, Geisser P, Heil WG, Bowlder JM. Treatment of Iron-Deficiency anaemia: a lower incidence of adverse effects with Ferrum Hausmann than ferrous sulphate. Br J Clin Res 1993;4: 191-198.
  7. Borbolla JF, Cicero RE, Dibildox M, Sotres D, Gutièrrez R. Iron hydroxide polymaltose complex vs iron sulphate in the treatment of iron deficiency anaemia in infants. Revista Mexicana de Pediatria 2000;57(2):63-67.

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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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