Our expert says:
I can imagine that you are concerned about your lassie because you are doing everything necessary to reverse the iron deficiency and the anaemia and her levels just don't seem to be responding as they should. Factors that can affect iron absorption are as follows: a) Type of iron - certain iron preparations are easier to absorb than others and iron in food such as grains and cereals, spinach, etc, is bound by compounds called phytates which prevent its absorption. If your lassie is eating a lot of unprocessed, unsifted, high-fibre cereals and grains and lots of spinach and drinking lots of tea (all of which I doubt), then the phytate content of these foods and beverages can prevent uptake of iron. b) Presence of other factors that promote uptake of iron. Taking iron-rich foods and/or iron supplements together with foods that are rich in vitamin C, will help with the absorption of iron. We usually recommend that patients take their iron supplement with a glass of orange juice to boost uptake. Folic acid is also important for the production of red blood cells so that one can turn anaemia around. I do think that if your lassie's blood results remain unsatisfactory that you should obtain a second opinion from a Paediatric Haematologist (if possible).
Holding thumbs that your daughter's blood iron levels improve and that the anaemia is cured.
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