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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: nini | 2005/11/18

Q.

iron anaemia

is it correct for a dr just to diagnose and prescribe iron supplements based on a 2yrs old being pale, not other symptoms, very healthy. Surely a blood test needs to be done to determine anaemia? is just paleness alone an indication of lack of iron? the parents feel the child is not pale but rather its just her natural complexion...?

Is a blood test necessary or will there be any harm caused by taking the iron supplement without any iron deficiency anaemia?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

A pale face can be a normal feature in a child or may be due to her being an allergic child. If anaemia is suspected a blood test should be done. This is known as a full blood count.
Iron suppements are not prescribed unless there is a valid reason to give them-that is iron deficiency anaemia.

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