How do I know if my baby is anemic?
These are the most common symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia:
- Pale skin.
- Irritability or fussiness.
- Lack of energy or tiring easily (fatigue)
- Fast heart beat.
- Sore or swollen tongue.
- Enlarged spleen.
- Wanting to eat odd substances, such as dirt or ice (also called pica)
What happens if baby is anemic?
Anemia is a condition in which the amount of red blood cells in the body is decreased below normal for your child’s age. It can make your child appear pale in color and feel cranky, tired, or weak.
What are the warning signs of anemia?
- Pale or yellowish skin.
- Irregular heartbeats.
- Shortness of breath.
- Dizziness or lightheadedness.
- Chest pain.
- Cold hands and feet.
Is it common for babies to be anemic?
Anemia is a common problem in children. About 20% of children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with anemia at some point. A child who has anemia does not have enough red blood cells or hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a type of protein that allows red blood cells to carry oxygen to other cells in the body.
How can you test for anemia at home?
Home tests for anemia can screen for the condition.
Tests for anemia at home are:
- HemaApp smartphone app estimates hemoglobin concentrations.
- Masimo Pronto uses a sensor clipped to the finger.
- Biosafe Anemia Meter and the HemoCue use a finger prick to test blood.
How can I raise my iron levels quickly?
Choose iron-rich foods
- Red meat, pork and poultry.
- Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach.
- Dried fruit, such as raisins and apricots.
- Iron-fortified cereals, breads and pastas.
How long does it take to recover from anemia?
With treatment, most people recover from iron-deficiency anemia in 2 to 3 months. You may need to take iron supplements for several months longer, though, to build up your reserves of iron.