Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Zee01 | 2012-05-24


Iron issues

Hello Prof!

My 4 year old little girl was diagnosed with Iron deficiency in August last year. She has been on Ferrimed, 5ml twice a day.
We had her blood tested in August, November and May, from August to November all the values climbed, but from November to now, there has been no improvement, and her Ferritin levels dropped from 34 to 19....
We took her to a pediatrician and she was put on Chela-fer also 5ml twice a day.
We tested her stools to make sure there is no blood, the results came back clean.

My problem is that I am concerned.
A had my two year old son tested the same times, and he was on 2,5ml Ferrimed twice a day, and his iron is 100% now.
They eat exactly the same things at home and at school....
The pediatrician said it must be diet related, which my husband and I do not believe, and I have taken her to a dietician before, who said the amount of meat and iron rich food that she must eat to make a difference is just not feasible...

So sorry for the long post, was just wondering what your thoughts are?

Thank you so so much for your time and all your advice!!!

Expert's Reply



You are completely correct, it is not possible that your daughter's anaemia is due to a dietary deficiency of iron or to a lack of treatment with iron. She must have a problem with using iron or metabolising iron or has some other cause for her anaemia, possibly a hereditary cause. She must be seen by a paediatric haematologist as soon as possible.

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