Posted by: Tracy | 2005/07/15


Low iron levels - Chel-Fer

My sons iron levels have a history of being low...he was put onto Chel-Fer syrup by Dr Michael Lobscher (before he immigrated) approximately a year and two months ago...blood tests every 6 weeks to check levels...last test done on 7th May this year and the paed. said levels ok...yesterday passed out at creche for a second or two, very pale...took for blood tests...result iron levels low again (in two months)...chelafer again? Is it okay to be giving Chela-Fer for long stretches of time...long term effects?? Please help!

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You must find out why he is losing or not taking up the iron you are giving him. He needs to be seen by a paediatric haematologist. Thre is a unit at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town and at the large hospitals in most cities in SA.

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Posted by: Beertjie | 2005/07/18


I would like to ask about a DR. in Pretoria region who can help my 20month old who must go on Chel-fer too again... I don't understand it and she is NOT keen to take any med.

I feel I can cry... Please help because I feel like I must do more than just bloodtest and food and even med.


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