Posted by: Katy | 2008/06/12


Low Iron & Hemoglobin levels

Hi Doctor,

My daughter is 14 months old. She used to get recurrent ear infections (about 6 in 6 months time), therefore she had grommets inserted about two weeks ago. After the operation (while she was under aneastetic) the doctor draw some blood to test for various things. It came back that she has low iron levels (exactly on the lowest acceptable margin) and that her Hemoglobin levels are below the lowest margin. The doctor prescribed Chela-Fer (3ml per day) for the iron levels and also Viral Choice as a normal multi vitamin. Is there anything else I can do to ensure that her levels go back to normal? She gets sick very often, can this be related to the above mentioned blood counts? What can be the cause for the low iron and hemoglobin levels?

Thanks for your help!

Expert's Reply



This is a very common problem indeed.The most common cause of low iron levels is an inadequate intake of iron in the diet, or drinking too much milk instead of eating a full mixed diet at this age.The iron supplement she is on will rapidly replace her low iron stores and her haemoglobin will return to normal. Give the iron supplement after meals.Her stools may become rather dark as a result of the iron and there is no need for concern about this, it is normal.

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Posted by: TKN | 2008/06/12

Your post sounded identical to my LO of 14 months. I was scared to have blood drawn so also did it under anaesthetic for allergies and iron. My ENT recommended Floradix and Scotts Emulsion. She attends a creche so does still get sick but not as bad since the grommets. She hardly has ear infections at all now and is a different (happier) child since grommets. I was told formula can cause low iron but rather let the professional Paed here answer it.

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