anemia is a common blood disorder that occurs when red blood cell counts are
low due to a lack of iron. Red blood cells need iron to produce a protein
called hemoglobin that helps them carry oxygen from the lungs to all the parts
of the body. Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia in otherwise healthy children in the United States.
Children and young adults with anemia are treated at
Dana-Farber/Boston Children's through our Blood Disorders Center. Our program brings
together world-renown pediatric
hematology specialists and support staff from across Dana-Farber/Boston
Children’s, including pediatric hematologist/oncologists, hematopathologists,
hematology nurse practitioners, social workers and designated hematology patient
coordinators. For many appointments and certain procedures,
your child can also receive care at one of Boston Children's satellite offices.
What are the symptoms of iron
The most common
symptoms of iron deficiency anemia include:
What causes iron deficiency
anemia can be caused by:
anemia may be suspected based on general findings from a complete medical history
and physical examination, such as:
deficiency anemia is usually confirmed through a complete blood count, which
measures the number of red blood cells and their concentration of hemoglobin. Other
blood tests may also be performed.
Iron deficiency anemia treatment may
Iron-rich Foods to Treat Iron Deficiency Anemia
Turkey, dark meat
Our physician scientists are conducting innovative research on anemias and red blood cell disorders. We have a
long track record of innovation, and Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and
Blood Disorders Center is considered a world leader in laboratory and
clinical research on blood disorders. Regarding iron deficiency anemia research
Iron deficiency anemia cannot be corrected overnight by oral
supplementation but generally a child will begin to feel better a week after
he/she begins oral supplementation. However, it may take weeks or months to
replenish the body’s iron reserves.