Many children don't have any signs or symptoms of iron deficiency anemia symptoms and instead are detected on a routine screening test.
Others do have iron deficiency anemia symptoms or signs, which can include.
Recognizing and treating iron deficiency anemia is important, as it can also affect a child's motor development and mental development.
Even without causing anemia, it is thought that iron deficiency may affect a teenagers memory and mental functions. In adults, it can also cause fatigue and impair their ability to do physical work.
Treatment for iron deficiency anemia typically involves giving the child or teen an iron supplement and reversing the cause of the iron deficiency, such as getting toddlers to drink less than 24 ounces of milk, and getting kids to eat more foods with iron.
Talk to your pediatrician about the best iron supplement, dose, and how long your child will need to take his iron supplement. Keep in mind that although many multivitamins for kids may contain iron, it is usually not enough to treat a child with iron deficiency.
Side effects of iron supplements can sometimes include temporary staining of the teeth, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, dark colored stools, and/or stomach aches.