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Duke Medicine: Iron-deficiency anemia in children

Posted August 1, 2011 8:31 p.m. EDT

Iron-deficiency anemia is a preventable illness that affects many infants and toddlers in the United States.

It's the most common nutritional deficiency in the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly one third of the world’s population may have low red blood cell numbers due to insufficient iron.

In the United States, iron deficiency remains common with 9 percent of toddlers between the ages of 12-36 months having inadequate iron stored in their bodies.

Dr. Jennifer Rothman, pediatric hematologist and associate director of the Duke Pediatric Sickle Cell Clinic, explains the importance of screening for iron deficiency anemia, symptoms of the disease, and ways to prevent this illness in children on Click here to read the full post.